with its news sites, social media and partisan blogs – is helping to spur
change in government here and, I hope, will eventually bring true democracy to
Yesterday, Malaysians over age
21 went to the polls and elected a new government for the coming five years.
campaigning – labeled by some as one of Malaysia’s dirties elections ever – it proved
a pivotal moment in the nation’s history.
by only one political coalition, the Barisan Nasional, or National Front.
people have become more aware of the corruption and dirty politics played by
the National Front.
the National Front lost its two-thirds majority in Parliament and since then,
it’s been harder for the coalition to pass unfair laws. Internet blogs can take credit for that.
the date of this year’s general election, allegations of corruption and
vote-buying are on the rise.
Rakyat, or People’s Alliance, claimed that the government has been
paying and flying in thousands of foreigners from Bangladesh, Pakistan and
other countries to vote in Malaysia’s elections.
am a 19-year old Malaysian and I cannot vote in my elections but somehow a
Pakistani can vote in my elections. Where is the justice in that?
government make me mad. They claimed their supporters were beaten by the
National Front’s hooligans and that the police did nothing, and that Malaysians
living outside the country had trouble casting their ballots by post.
Front was doing everything it could to ensure victory at any cost.
announce the final results until after 2 a.m. today. Never before in Malaysia’s
election history have the voting results been so late, but that didn’t surprise
disappointment, the National Front remained the federal government of Malaysia,
but the small bit of good news was that the opposition won seven more
Parliamentary seats than they did in the last elections in 2008.
East Malaysia, proved that the People’s Alliance is making inroads in two
states that have long been considered government strongholds. Also the results
proved that for the second time in Malaysian history, the National Front failed
to retain a two-thirds majority.
online. While watching, I read reports of some brave Malaysians who tried to
prevent voter fraud, even forming human barricades in some places, because
police were of no help.
people who give me hope.
National Front had retained a simple majority to form a government, I cried. I
love Malaysia and it saddens me to see my country being destroyed by the very
people who are supposed to protect her.
of disappointment, anger, sadness, and disillusionment, I take hope in the fact
that democracy is a journey, a process. It doesn’t happen in 10 years.
because of dirty politics, but the government can never silence our voices. We
have Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites that were greatly used by
the young people in this election.
and we will continue to fight for a clean electoral list, for leaders who are
not corrupt, and for fair elections.
us; it can only make us stronger.