Sunday, March 09, 2008


The shock waves are still coursing throughout the world (France24, BBC, FT, Reuters, TIME, WP, NYT) today. Yes, we can. Change is within our grasp. We have shown our rejection for politics of the old to both our ruling and opposition coalition. However, at this point, I shall quote another line from Lord of The Rings:

The Quest stands upon the edge of a knife. Stray but a little, and it will fail, to the ruin of all. Yet hope remains while the Company is true.
These are interesting, unpredictable times that we live in. After the euphoria settles, everyone will need to get down to work. The rakyat have spoken and we will now be keeping score. The playing field has never been as level as it is now. And nobody really knows what it means.

I don't really care what it means at the moment. I just want to blog about how I feel at the moment. Yes, it's precarious times and if we are not careful, we will shoot ourselves in the foot. Sectarian politics seems to have been rejected, but the results could be further division. However, I am sure that hope remains, because the rakyat have spoken true.

As the report says, the dynamics of local politics has changed. I am happy that the people are more than just aware, but are capable of taking their awareness to the next level, and bring about change. Talk about the silent majority. You never hear a peep from these people until the time comes to cast their ballot. I don't think that we can ever assume that silence means consent any more. We are silent only because we do not wish to stir up any trouble.

Regardless of the political results, it is now time for us to come together as a nation and work together to fix the problems of the past. We need to focus on improving the welfare for everyone, and not just a small political elite. I am a strong supporter of accountability and transparency. I want the government that has efficacy and efficiency. No more sleeping heads and misinformation, please.

Now for an announcement from our dearest Pak Lah. Note the lacklustre cheering. I know that you are dejected, but do not be depressed. Take this as a kick in the behind that you all sorely needed.

PS: I find it rather cute that our former PM has already apologised for selecting a noob as his successor and our current PM is still in denial over what has been a rout. Let's just hope that the internal UMNO power struggles do not spill into the streets. Let's keep it all nice and civil, yar!

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