Saturday 4 May 2013

To me, the most vexing of all charges that will be levelled against our generation by the generation that will come is that we did not leave for them a world better than the one we were born into.

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Irresponsible govt, apathetic electorate

CT Ali
 | May 4, 2013
Let us make the right choices. Let us be strong enough to make the right choices and let these choices be for our common good
To me, the most vexing of all charges that will be levelled against our generation by the generation that will come is that we did not leave for them a world better than the one we were born into.
We can try to put the blame on our leaders who are now in charge of our money, our resources and the political capital of our nation, but the reality is that they and us are to be equally blamed for the current abysmal state of our nation.
We will all not be around when the real consequences of our action become a burden for our future generation to shoulder.
By the time Petronas runs out of oil, by the time our public debt becomes unserviceable, by the time the deliberate polarisation of race and religion for political advantage creates a people more divided in hate than united by their fate of having made Malaysia their home, all of us will long be dead – clueless as to what harm we have inflicted on the future generations of our beloved Malaysia.
For everything there is a season, and ours today is the season of an irresponsible Barisan Nasional government and an apathetic electorate.
We need to shake off this ambivalence and examine our responsibilities to our children and our children’s children and do what we must.
Malaysia today is different from the one I know. I see a montage of framed images that flashes in bits and bytes as I surf the Net. What is placed in the frame that flashes before my eyes troubles me greatly.
Where I use to have leisurely lunches at the Spotted Dog overlooking Dataran Merdeka, images of robust confrontation between the police and the very people they are sworn to protect is a reminder that protests and demonstrations have now become main stream.
Once anonymous activists who use to run helter-skelter when the goons from the police’s riot squad come to “hantam” them will now stand their ground for they know that there are now just too many of them for this government to physically intimidate.
Where I once cheered the late great Ghani Minhat, Mokhtar Dahari, the Towkay, Santokh Singh and Arumugam as they weave their magic during a game we all love – football – I see now images of thousands upon thousands of people gathered to vent their frustration on a government which listens but does not hear their plea for responsible government and free and fair elections.
I see a prime minister lost in a maze of money politics and corruption; weak and without the ability to negotiate the path he has unwittingly allowed himself to be persuaded to take.
I see a BN government led by this same prime minister embroiled in thuggish behaviour as it bullies the Malaysian people into giving it another term in government.
Time for change
The people being bullied are resolved to put right what is wrong and celebrated vicariously their unity over their diversity, however fleetingly, as they gathered in their thousands under Bersih and in smaller numbers at ceramahs and at meet-and-greet sessions organised by Pakatan Rakyat all along the length and breadth of our nation.
The focus on Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is personal because he and his wife Rosmah Mansor embodied our disillusionment, resentment and contempt for the abuse of political power.
From his extravagance of using our money to buy votes for Umno and BN, the emptiness of his many promises to effect change to the things we loathe to Rosmah’s decadent lifestyle and her obnoxious habit of self-promotion when there is really nothing to promote, have all culminated in our winter of discontent.
Now the time is for change, for a reasoned change in the manner our leaders govern and for our nation to progress.
We must be mindful of our children’s future and our responsibility to make their future better for them.
Let us not consign our future generation to failure even before they are born. Let there be instead optimism and hope that our winter of discontent is now almost over.
Let us make the right choices. Let us be strong enough to make the right choices and let these choices be for our common good. Amen.
CT Ali is a reformist who believes in Pakatan Rakyat’s ideologies. He is a FMT columnist.


  1. PETALING JAYA, May 3 — Parties facilitating the alleged transfer of foreigners from Sabah and Sarawak to immigration depots to vote on May 5 are committing “treason”, Bersih co-chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan has said.

    She also said that all those who defraud the system are defrauding all legitimate voters and that they should face the full force of the law when found to be guilty.

    “This, in our view, is treason. There’s no other way of putting it,” she said at a news conference here today.

    “It’s effectively stealing the election away from the rakyat.”

    She urged Caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to make a public statement on the allegations, saying his silence thus far is a concern.

    "We are seriously concerned at the silence of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister must speak, especially since his office has been implicated in this."

    A spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office has denied any involvement, but Ambiga stressed that Najib should address the allegations personally, not issue a bare denial through someone else.

    Yesterday, Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor admitted that voters were being flown in to the peninsula, but stressed that the flights were sponsored by “friends” of BN as part of the party’s “get out the vote” campaign for Election 2013.

    "But how do you explain that many of the people coming are foreigners?" Maria Chin Abdullah, a Bersih steering committee member, pointed out.

    The Anything But Umno (ABU) movement has put up banners throughout the peninsula that warn foreigners against voting in Election 2013, saying that they would be handed over to the police if caught.

    However, Bersih steering committee member Wong Chin Huat appealed to foreigners who have been co-opted to vote in Malaysia's 13th general election to "free" themselves and come forward, and promised that the election watchdog would offer them protection.

    Maria Chin also revealed that the umbrella watchdog group Pemantau had received 592 reports of voter irregularities as of May 2.

    She said there are 333 reports of voters who had registered themselves on the electoral roll who are now deregistered, a third of whom had voted before in a previous election.

    She also pointed to 116 reports of Malaysians who had never registered but are now registered without their knowledge or consent, and 54 reports of registered voters who were relocated to another constituency for the upcoming general election.

    "We fear that what we have uncovered in this last week is just the tip of the iceberg and that for GE13, tens of thousands of Malaysians will find out on May 5th that they cannot vote or have to travel far away to cast their votes," Pemantau said in a press statement.

    Pemantau comprises electoral reform groups Bersih, Malaysians for Free and Fair Elections (Mafrel) and human rights communications group Pusat Komas.

  2. Shitheads EC & BN. U guys are the real Devils & scumbags of Malaysian people ever have. Pray to God to have mercy on your souls for all the sins you guys have done to Malaysia.

  3. How come bosses at RTM, TV3, NST, Utusan etc never understand this?