I just came back to Kuala Lumpur from a trip in Cambodia and, before I would write a post sharing with you my travel experience, I want to let you know about something very relevant that is going on at this moment in Malaysia.
What is that important that is happening in right now in Malaysia?
Elections. Barisan Nasional (National Front), the party that has been ruling continously for last 56 years, since Malaysian Independence in 1957, won the elections once again. Opposition has been really empowered this year and many people expected and hoped for change in the politics, including the ones that consider themselves being neutral.
Malaysia’s governing party has been widely accused of dirty tricks in runup to election, like flying around 40.000 dubious voters to vote, mainly foreigners from less-developed countries, creating 15- min blackout during the time of counting the votes, making additional difficulties for people to register to vote in elections and to vote itself.
I don’t have an opinion about any of the parties and their programmes. What can be widely seen here, though, is that the whole process of election wasn’t transparent. And Malaysia, considered as fast-pace developing country, needs to work on the culture of politics itself.
The opposition hasn’t won. Today I could almost “feel” chargin and bitterness among the people in the city. Talking with a taxi driver today (and taxi drivers DO know a lot), I think we might expect that the opposition hasn’s said their last word yet.
I just hope for Malaysians to stand up, peacfully, for what is important to them. And I do believe that then the change might happen. Before elections in 5 years.
The question is: are Malaysians ready to stand up for matters to them?
- Ruling party wins Malaysia election (bbc.co.uk)
- Malaysian Elections – A Canadian’s Perspective (of my friend living in Kuala Lumpur)
- Malaysians vote in tight elections (guardian.co.uk)
- Malaysia General Election 2013 // The Darkest Day in Malaysia? (mitsueki.wordpress.com)