Oooh … the Malaysian election fever remains high with unwavering hopes. Perhaps, this depicts what every first-world country experienced during their development years. Fighting relentlessly for citizen rights. Beaming voices of inequality. Stretching far to reach over the wall of corruption and hypocrisy. Seems like time has caught up quite a bit after decades of gruelling history.
I cannot step foot in my homeland to feel the grounds shaking from the citizens’ stampede, but it is a good thing that I can feel it through the news media. Personally, I don’t even know what is going on back in Malaysia. Not to detailed, of course. Having read numerous posts on petalingstreet.org regarding voting opinions … I started to recall my younger days when daddy used to teach me how to check the poll results on TV …
There were a few images sketched in one part of my memory. Barisan Nasional (BN) flags flying proudly on any possible place you could hang them. The posters were pasted until the whole lamp post was devoid of naked metal skin. Lots of people on the streets attending campaigns and listening to speeches. At that time, I felt the excitement even though I was only 9 years old. It never occured to me why it was so important to vote for the right political party. However, as a kid, I knew it was a big thing because it was an event occuring throughout Malaysia … in every town, district, and city. Anyway, I did remember having much fun watching the news and highlighting the poll results in the newspaper checksheet (Gee, I really did thought it was a fun assignment, eh? *slaps self*).
This one day, before the polls … daddy told me that some uncle and auntie were coming by to visit. He then told me not to say a word about who he was voting for. Prior to that, I asked him about it, and so I knew his voting decision. Eventually, he came to note that I should not simply go round telling others who my parents were voting for. Now that I look back, it seemed so weird … why did they wanted to keep it low-key? After all, look at the current spell … others are broadcasting their voting decisions out in the open!
This got me thinking, are these few people just trying to help campaign for the support of their desired political party? In light of the whole “BN is Evil” and “Vote for A Stronger Opposition”, is it just an important change citizens of Malaysia are trying to make? On the contrary, are there people who just don’t want to be too involved? I am not saying discussions are not permitted … although that was the impression I got when I was 9 years old. Then again, it could just be the fact that I was a kid who had a big mouth and the tendency to spit unnecessarily. After all, parents know their children best, right?
Just wanted to share that funny thought I had amidst the elections. As I am still confused whether it is okay for me to publish my voting decision out in the open … I will just say “All The Best!” to you folks!
I know, I still have to check in with daddy to find out what was the deal 14 years ago 😛