I AM a 31-year-old Malaysian living in Germany and it has been four years since the last general election wherein I voted for Pakatan. A lot of what you are about to read will seem regurgitated, but I believe it is necessary to let Pakatan know that the average folk are starting to ask questions. Hence, I am going to summarise my main grievances into the following questions:
WE were told by Pakatan after the last elections that there was voter fraud, i.e. loads of foreigners being allowed to vote, “blackouts” at counting stations, etc. Where is the corresponding evidence to prove these claims?
THE Pakatan state governments of Selangor, Penang and Kelantan were promptly sworn in. Was there no voter fraud in those states?
IN reference to the “Kajang Move”, what was a legitimate reason for removing then Selangor menteri besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim?
TUN Dr Mahathir Mohamad with Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia have entered the opposition bloc with the intention of “Saving Malaysia”. He represents everything opposition supporters despise about Umno, i.e. “Anything but Umno”. Please explain how this works.
WE were asked to vote out Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak by voting for Pakatan. It was a given in 2008 and 2013 that Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim would take over as prime minister if Pakatan won.
We were bought into the idea of voting for Pakatan to “Save Malaysia” only because it absolves us of any responsibility to change. Let us assume Pakatan wins the election. Do we, the very next day, stop placing job ads in the newspaper stating “Mandarin speakers preferred”? Or do we stop offering the policeman a bribe to escape a ticket? No, because we complain about a corrupt, racist system that we happily contribute to when it benefits us.
In hoping that Pakatan would be a magic bullet to fix all that is wrong in Malaysia, we are even willing to believe that Dr Mahathir, who is responsible for most of what is wrong in the country today, only has our best interests at heart. He single-handedly removed the checks and balances in a healthy democracy like a free and independent judiciary and press, which would have curtailed the rampant corruption that is going on today.
This irony was aptly pointed out by Suaram adviser Kua Kia Soong on Aug 12, 2015, when he wrote, “We used to have to be saved from Dr Mahathir. Now we are told we need to ally with Dr Mahathir to ‘save Malaysia’.”
In conclusion, I loaned Pakatan my vote for the last four years. Now the four years are up, I ask myself, have you earned my vote for another five years?
As it stands, the answer is a resounding no!