Why I Write ...

Purely as a form of expression to the emotions that run riot in my life at different junctures. This blog has seen several title revisions that also reflect the state of being and evolution I am constantly in. If one were to remain stagnant in hope of never changing their temporal present, one will awaken someday to much regret. Life is about living, evolving and adapting to the constant changes all around us.

My spot on the web is essentially a journey along with my monologue ramblings of my coherent mind accompanied by the incoherent thing called life. Read me if you like ... if you don't it is not the end of the world. I am at the very least a believer in humility lifts us further than pride.

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5 March 2008

Election Fever 2008 Mar 06, 2008

We're two days away from another milestone in Malaysian history. The most talked about General Elections to date.

In 50 years of Independence and Nationhood, this 12th General Elections will see an interesting array and display of self promotion, political bigotry and wool pulling over the eyes of the 'rakyat' once again by all parties standing for State and Parlimentary seats.

The Opposition - remain as always a fragmented lot, braying and posturing and name calling and demanding change of Government - give them a chance, deny BN the 2/3 majority.

The Government remains their assholic cocky selves ...

This nation is heading into strange times ...

Open any newspaper, TV or Radio station, ... all you hear is Vote for Malaysia, Vote Barisan National. Really now ... does not Barisan National (mean in direct translation National Line) / National Front or what it means is a representation of the rakyat whatever race colour or creed?

Then somebody please tell me ... why is it that where I live and in most places anyways all you see is the BN blue with the UMNO flag ... where are the flags of the other component parties?? Oh is it because the view is BN is UMNO and UNMO is BN ... a comfortable unquestionable right because apparently they are the majority.

How is it that suddenly Paroi Jaya which has always come under Ampangan Parlimentary seat suddenly this year finds itself under Rembau - errr isn't the PM's most ambitious son-inlaw standing for Rembau Parlimentary seat??? Ironic but true.

The governments amazing display of clout over the mass media is repungent! It makes me sick. It's a bloody overkill to the thinking person. And what contrite scripted words we hear ... I wonder if the 'rakyat' in those ads actually believe what they are saying or are they once done choking over the mockery they made of themselves and for this nation... I won't call all those ads lies ... but really - we are not in UTOPIA last I checked - just Malaysia where people of this country are now voicing out their unhappiness at the disparity that has set in over the last 50 years ...

Now if you open your email - heaven forbid! I get in the 10s if not 100s emails and links to websites and YouTube and whatever other channels the opposition can find to deliver they message of 'HOPE' for a better tomorrow.

Again, I feel ill. If it ain't the Government lashing out at the Opposition, it's the Opposition lashing out at the Government ... ya da ya da ya da ... more of the same old rehashed, repackaged, redelivered to the masses ... same shit, just extra shine!

There's PAS ... hmmm Islamic party ... right right ... this is a multi racial multi religious country. The so called moderate Government itself has shown some alarming disregard to this mutli facets of our nation - will an all Islamic party give much hope to the non-Muslims here? We are left to wonder.

DAP the rocket fellows ... too bad they didn;t get to pick the man who went into space - that would have been superbly beneficial to their campaign I am sure!! But recent in party struggles have left them a little more in shambles and being predominantly Chinese - I dunno if Lim Kit Siang will ever be PM of this country ... but I am damn sure he's far more interesting to see or hear than our current one who has earned the label sleeping beauty for his countless faux paus nod offs in the public arena.

And the new PKR with chameleon Anwar at the helm ... YEE GAWD! I have absolutely no faith in this man! From pro-Islamic, to pro-Kemelayuan to now Champion of the People ???? Can he please get his act together??

I go back to the days when Anwar first made his political presence felt and from the first day as a child I laid eyes on him - I hated him! He gave me scary shivers down my spine. Even today, when I see him (and I've had the misfortune of walking into him and the paparazzi in the days before the official opening of KLIA way back in '98) - he still gives me the shivers. To me Anwar is like looking into the eyes of the devil himself ...

What an amazing illusionist! What amazing drama we have seen unfold. Such political savvy and timing ... more scandals rock this already scandal ridden political stage ... and look at the supporters ... look at the overwhelming believe that this man is going to change our lives our tomorrows ... our as in all of us ... be you Malay (which is a given) Chinese or Indian (errrr really now???)

Emails hit me telling me I am an Indian and my vote makes a difference to our Indian tomorrows as Malaysian Indians. Vote wisely, deny BN 2/3 ... give Change a Chance ...

But somebody phreaking tell me ... where is the Indian Party that I can support? That I can have my faith in to make waves for all the Indians who call Malaysia home!!! An Indian Party that takes educated Indians who speak eloquently, with a good grasp of the subject matter at hand and who are REALLY REALLY REALLY dedicated to improving the overall average 'macha' on the street's life and future.

I don't want another Mr. Hisap Dada with his pathetic comb over bad hair implant hairdo! Who still sounds after this many years like he just bloody stepped off a boat from Chennai or Madurai or wherever he's originally from ... but Indian leaders who make it their moral responsibility to really move the Indian majority away from their squalor (although why these remain where they are is ANOTHER story all together!!). Our Hindraf boys - if the rumour circulating about some of them is true ... one corrupt out a few more to replace him .. again same shit, new shine!

SO ... who gets this extremely fed up tax paying, never seen any returns of any kind because I ain't Bumi, I ain't Muslim, I ain't even the descendant of colonisers (amazingly they get some benefits that I don't!) vote?

Honestly, I dunno ... it's from the pan into the fire, between the devil and the deep blue sea at this stage ... I want change. I want more equality amongst the races. I want to see politicians put their words into action - since usually the only time we actually see them actively shaking hands and getting to know the rakyat is about once every 3-5 years depending when elections are called - then suddenly everyone is available to be met and spoken to and most concerned about the grievances of the rakyat.

Come 9th March - when victory is handed to whichever the Government coalition, or the Opposition's most disunited coalition - they still haven't decided who is going to be PM if they win. Their manifesto leaves me asking more questions than answering those I already have ... all these very visible on the ground politicians will return to their ivory towers.

They fooled the rakyat for yet another term ... where we pay the taxes for them to enjoy another tenure of whatever ...

The view outside my window from the 12th floor this morning is hazy. And it is almost a reflection of how I see my future in this country ... hazy, no light just yet at the end of the tunnel. Being Indian, being a single mother raising 2 daughters I am worried, restless and anxious.

My vote may be 1 in the millions cast on the 8th of March - but my vote will be a voice, a small contributor to the deciding balance of who champions Malaysia for the next 3-5 years and if really changes will take place.

Be it BN, be it Opposition - somebody better put they money on their words and turn promises into realities - or else your people will continue to lose faith in those they entrust with their futures.

Yes Malaysia - wake up bright and early, head to your polling stations and cast your vote for who you believe will deliver a truly integrated Malaysia of diversity of peoples culture and religion - where if only once we might finally hear the tagline for this nation being Malaysia - we truly appreciate our diversity and that painful word of tolerance we've had to put up with for the last 50 years is forever buried!

I don't tolerate anyone, I either appreciate them or discard them ... :) - what is your pick on this?