6 May 2013

So the results are out and half of Malaysian thinks BN is still fit to rule the country for the next 5 years. I would be lying if I say I'm not disappointed with this election result. I thought Malaysians were ready for change and the end of this corrupt government. All the positive vibes that I received from the social media and my friends. I was wrong. I can conclude that urban people is pro PR and pro-change while rural people don't give a shit about good governance as long as they got their RM500 BR1M handouts and free meals during election campaign.

Still I couldn't put all the blame squarely on rural Malaysians. In the days leading to GE 13 there were rife internal squabbling and lobbying among PR parties which resulted in 3 cornered fights in some constituents around the country. Although these disputes where 'resolved' amicably after orders from party leaders, the damage is done when all the candidates name were printed anyway on the ballot papers, worsened by the fact that some opposition supporters kept on campaigning for their preferred candidates. In the end, all the seats that had 3-cornered fights between PR and BN were won by BN, easily.

I hope this will serve as a lesson to PR and their supporters. United we are strong, divided we fall could not be more true during vital times such as the general election. Some PR leaders were seen as arrogant and over-confident by the public. Some were readily punished by the people for doing a dismal job at their constituency over the past 5 years. They got what they deserves. Today, more than ever they should realize that the power belongs absolutely to the people and they could easily send you in office as easily as they could kick you out.

I applied for leave in advance for today so that I could rest before making my way back home to KL. That was before the state government declared today as a public holiday in Selangor which meant that most of the people making a living in that state will be delaying their trip back to today. As expected, my normally 8 hours trip turned into 15 hours with regular crawls along the trunk roads between Kelantan and Pahang. I started out at 3:00 PM and only reached Seri Kembangan around 6:00 in the morning. It was horrible. I was sleepy, it rained from time to time and traffic was horrendous. If not for my wife/co-pilot taking turns to drive the car, I don't think I will be here today in one piece.

So moral of the story here is, travelling at night is not for me. I get tired and sleepy and it's dangerous for me, my family and other road users. Remind me next time I ever think of driving at night again.

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