Hello everyone, this is my first SoundCloud and I would like to take this opportunity to make a public call to all Malaysian voters out there to make the right choice in the Malaysian 13th general election which will be held on this Sunday, 5 May 2013.
GE13 is by far the most important general election in Malaysia’s political history. And if you haven’t decided which coalition – Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat – should be the federal government for the next five years, consider this.
After 55 years in power, where has Barisan Nasional got us?
Undeniably, the Barisan Nasional government has made lots of achievements in our country. However, Malaysia is more divided than ever. We have been polarised on racial and religious lines for decades.
Let me narrow my focus to my beloved hometown, Tawau.
If the ruling government can’t even resolve the long-standing Tawau blackout problem and provide a stable water supply, what more can we demand from them?
And Sabahans, don’t forget, this ruling party is a traitor to us when it initiated Project IC to grant illegal immigrants with MyKads, some even with bumiputra status in exchange with their votes. That is why they can firmly claim that Sabah is their fixed deposit now. And today, this is very much linked and blamed for the Sulu crisis.
I’m proud that I received education in an independent Chinese high school which the UEC is qualified for entrance into many tertiary educational institutions around the world. Yet how ironic it is – UEC is not recognised by our government for entry into public universities. “UEC” is not even mentioned in their manifesto, needless to say their response to the rakyat when begging for recognition. In contrast, the opposition is not just willing to recognise it, but also support in developing this education system. Hell of a lot difference, isn’t?
Just to name a few, these issues are enough reasons to vote them out. And these are just the tip of an iceberg.
Our country is heavily sick and it needs a regime change–a reformasi, not their transformasi. Shouldn’t we have a new Pakatan Rakyat government that is without the system of corrupt practices and leakages?
If Pakatan Rakyat wins, what would be the biggest benefit to Malaysians? Now please hear me out. A two-coalition system will be a reality in Malaysia. Do you think that if Barisan Nasional were not voted out in GE13, they would experience what is it like to be in the opposition, it would be able to reform itself in order to serve the rakyat better rather than its own interests?
They threaten Malaysians into voting for Barisan Nasional or face the possibility of another May 13 incident. Come on, this only works on the simple-minded ones.
Shouldn’t we put focus on comparing the manifestos between Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat? Speaking of this, I’m really disappointed in Najib’s response to the debate between him and Anwar Ibrahim. A leader of a country, he says, “Debat bukan budaya kita.” Jadi apakah budaya kita? Corruption and cronyism?
If Pakatan Rakyat wins, we may expect to have free media, our institutions to be reformed, open tenders for public projects to stop corruption and cronyism, lower car prices, petrol prices.
Meanwhile, Barisan Nasional merely give cash handouts in the form of RM 500 BR1M, which will be doubled of it if they win GE13. And Najib said, “Why reduce petrol price when BR1M better?” Do you agree with what our Malaysian caretaker PM said? Well, I disagree and I believe BR1M will not improve rakyat’s livelihood in long term but reducing petrol prices will.
MCA says「要稳定，不要乱」 (Stability above chaos). Right now, they keep reminding the people that they have achieved political stability for many years and we should let them take our country forward. But what I see is that, this “stability” as they have achieved has helped many ministers bribing the rakyat, plundering our country’s natural resources and siphoning the taxpayers’ money away.
And the President of MCA, Chua Soi Lek said, “Changing government is not as easy as changing your underwear.” The fact is, this underwear, as he mentioned, has been worn for more than 50 successive years!
So just imagine, the UK is being governed by the same political party, say, Labour, for 55 years. Or the US by the Republican Party for the same continuous, unbroken period.
Let us recall the words of Peter Mandelson, a British Labour Party politician:
“Elections come and go, and governments come and go. And that’s what democracy is all about.”
Barisan Nasional have been given 55 years of uninterrupted governance and it’s not a big deal to let them go and bring in a new one when they don’t do their job. A democratic country will always be better served with governments alternate regularly.
Ini kailah! The time has come for us to exercise our democratic right.
Therefore, I hereby urge all Malaysian voters out there to make the right choice on this Sunday. This time, you are not voting for the candidates. You are voting for yourself, your future.
Thank you for listening.
GE13 is a battle of the rakyat against corruption, abuse of power and racism. It’s a battle between the righteous and evil. Vote for change.
— John ℬ. Heng (@johnbentleyheng) May 4, 2013