Date: 13th May 2018
I have been voting since PRU13. It must be shocking to some but I have my reasons for not doing so before. I grew up in rural Kelantan where the people are being divided into “BN” or “PAS”. Everything has been separated in the name of the political parties. There are 2 mosque, 2 surau, 2 community hall and even the families argued over political disparity in my village. My family for instance has similar problem. Both of my parent are PAS members but our 2 neighbours (both are mother’s cousin) are not. BN sides are more liberal whilst PAS supporter being seen as traditional, conservative. Since young age, I hate the fact that the politician’s malicious act that separated the nation, the states, the villages, the families and the unity of the people. They doing so for their own benefit, to attract voters and as soon as they being elected as leaders, they ended up being so corrupt in managing the countries.
My father brought us up with just and moral values. He never take advantages of him assisting PAS party for his family benefit. He sponsored our studies with his savings. I did not enjoy any scholarship from the government except some small assistance from JKR, where he worked. I received minor compensation when I excel in my studies from JKR. So, I never expected to get support from the Government hence I do not any relevance for me to involve in voting at all the election.
In 2007, while waiting for travel arrangement to Karachi, I was for a short while station in IJM Headquarters. I started to buy newspaper reading about Altantuya’s murder case. Dato’ Seri Najib (hereinafter refer as DSN) and the wife were both linked to the case. I started to focus to this couple and little did I know at that time that the couple has a gut to do a lot more harm to the nation. What was concluded at that time was; DSN has misused his power being a Minister of Defence in getting his political aid, Abdul Razak Baginda freed from all allegation relating to Altantuya case. DSN and his political aid were clearly involved in the dealing to purchase the Scorpene submarines from France for the Malaysian government. Altantuya, who being filled with greed had threatened Abdul Razak Baginda only over USD11,000 and that caused her death. I personally concluded that the case is too big for DSN to clear his link to the murder case and will no longer has any privileges in the party.
However, after the election on 2008 (PRU12), DSN star started to shine brightly. Never in my rational thought could imagine that he would be elected as the Prime Minister of Malaysia and serve the country from 3rd April 2009 till 10th May 2018. How could, the only person that can authorise the 2 Government officer’s Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar to take out an explosives in the stock of federal police headquarters in Bukit Aman to be used in the murder of Altantuyaa being trusted with the most scared position in Malaysia. He is in power for 9 years where a lot more bad incidents happened to Malaysia.
Thereafter, I enrolled myself in University Malaya to take up a Degree in Jurisprudence to understand more about the rule of law and the governing matter. The only way to outcast the sacred post, Prime Minister is through exercising my right as Malaysian. I registered and started voting in 2013. Unfortunately DSN star was at his peak. Allah wanted to punish the Malaysian as we, the pupils are deserving to have DSN due to our ignorance too. Not long after, everyone started to change including Tun Mahathir. That was the results of 2018, i.e. PRU14. Now, as I’m writing this, justice started to surface one by one, including the truth about the RM2.6Billion scandal. But be careful, politicians are still politician. Not many people can put aside the temptation of “cash is king”.
Moving forward, though my prayer has been answered when DSN was overthrown and prohibited from leaving the country, I continue my prayer daily, seeking Allah’s assistance to guide all of Malaysian to gradually change for the better. Once we change, people around us will change too and who knows that one day the whole politician who is entrusted with power will carry duties following the Holy Book and the Rule of Malaysian Law. I would end this entry with small portion of Rumi’s quote of “Pity the Nation”
Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox,
whose philosopher is a juggler,
and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking.
Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpeting,
and farewells him with hooting,
only to welcome another with trumpeting again.
Pity the nation whose sages are dumb with years
and whose strong men are yet in the cradle.
Pity the nation divided into fragments,
each fragment deeming itself a nation"