On the 10th of May 2018, a historical moment was made in Malaysia. The opposition coalition, The Alliance of Hope, has won majority seats for the first time in the 14th General Election since its independence 61 years ago, whereby the ruling party, Barisan National has been in power since.
I wished I was home to celebrate this moment with my family, friends and my siblings of different colours, but because of my ongoing IB exams, I can only show my love and support for the country through a 14-inch screen. To be honest, I have never imagined that this day would come and I have to admit that I did had some resentments against my own country, a country often associated with corruption and scandals. There’s always this feeling of embarrassment when someone asks me about the political structure of my country, and why people still support the government despite these issues. I never have a direct answer to that and till this day I still don’t, but what really matter is that this is the past, and we have better things to worry about now, because we have a new government. Change is real.
To have a better understanding of what the couple, the ex-prime minister and his wife, has done, here’s a (pretty long but) insightful post by his step daughter.
*Aesthetic doctors refer to beautician, hairstylist and cosmetic surgery
yes, our previous government hired witch doctors (bomoh) to find our missing MH370, you can read it here at TheStar:
Missing MH370: Bomoh uses ‘magic carpet’ to find Boeing
and here is some context about the 1MDB scandal in less than 4 minutes by Wall Street Journal:
How the 1MDB Scandal Spread Across the World
Although I was being separated by the laptop screen while watching live posts and news happening in Malaysia during the counting process, my heart and my nation are not. It’s such a heartwarming scene to see everyone united, to fight (peacefully) for justice, and for the future of Malaysia. Be it uniting one last time the night before the general election to encourage every single citizen, or snatching the fake ballot boxes from the police and running away with it (to who knows where haha), or gathering late at night to block the election committee officers from leaving until they sign off the form 14. However, it touches my heart and at the same time breaks my heart, that a 92-year-old man and his loving wife have to sacrifice their golden years to rebuild the nation for the people. Yet, this gives me hope and all the more reason I should step up my game and contribute my part to the country instead of running away, and the phrase that I always used in my Bahasa Malaysia essays has finally made sense to me, “pemudi harapan bangsa, pemuda tiang negara.” (youth (females) are the hope of the people, and youth (males) are the pillar of the country).
Hence, I am extremely grateful for those who voted & gave us, the younger generations a new and hopeful country to live in. I can’t wait to go back home to a promising country in a few weeks.❤ We might not know what it means (refer to picture), but we sure know it’s for the better.