It’s going to be the general election in Malaysia next week, 8th March 2008. This I believe is going to be a close election, I explained to my colleague. But not close in the sense that there is going to be a formidable opposition coalition that can win the election from the incumbent Barisan Nasional (BN), which my Zimbabwean colleague initially thought. What Malaysians can realistically ask for is just to stop BN from taking more than two-thirds majority of the seats in parliament, which will hopefully put more pressure on BN and stop them from getting ill-advised motions passed without contest. This I believe is an achievable feat in this coming election, as there really are a lot of resentments coming from all races in Malaysia, including the Malays. But at the end of the day it’s going to depend on the voters.So to hear that Fong Po Kuan decides to quit contesting in the coming election after the Prime Minister announced the date of the general election three weeks ago was really a major disappointment for me, to say the least. The disappoinment comes not just from the fact that it will be a major blow to the opposition party. But it is the lost of another bright talent who had dedicated years of her life fighting for what must have been seen as a lost cause by many people. It does stirred me into thinking that there is probably really no hope to all these, and there will only be sad ends to those who put themselves forward to fight for a better country. I was truly disturbed. But the saga (Po Kuan decided to contest again at Batu Gajah last week after careful consideration, fortunately!) reveals that my heart is still with Malaysia, although I now reside in the UK. Malaysians still mean a lot to me, and Malaysia can certainly be a much better country, if the political scene can be a bit more, or perhaps a lot more, healthy.I know voters are wiser than before. But let’s hope that they make the right decision, especially this election, which I think will be monumental to the future of Malaysia.
An English friend of mine told me about some unrest in Malaysia which we weren’t aware of last Saturday. Today I received a link from a friend from Malaysia to a video clip from Al-Jazeera, a Middle East television network, about the protest.
Of course the protest is “illegal”, as it is unlikely the police will approve such assembly. Apparently, according to W, an assembly of more than three people requires an approval from the police.
Have a look at this and the comments and you’ll get an idea of the kind of political scene in Malaysia. Full of interesting characters 🙂