I have been living abroad, out of Malaysia, for most of my life. I have been raised amongst many different people and cultures, and have gotten the fortunate chance to get to know many of them in depth. I have travelled and seen their countries. I have been lucky, and I am grateful. Now, looking back I realized that with each year of living abroad, with each country I visited and with each person I became friends with, my love for Malaysia and pride in being a Malaysian grows immensely.
Last year, I came back to further my studies here. Whilst many of my friends went to the UK and US, I was genuinely happy to have the chance to return home and live as a citizen of Malaysia. I looked forward to seeing Malays, Chinese and Indians living harmoniously. After all, that was what I saw every time I came back home for a few months. But I was naive, and the reality was not such. Although the people live in peace day to day, the government had never treated them equally, with fairness and justice. I did not know anything about politics, especially Malaysian politics, and I had always been against the whole thing, the whole institution, simply because it’s almost always full of liars, corruption and greed. But I heard many stories of unfairness in Malaysia, and they were not trivial, they were not things that I could ‘unhear’ and forget about.
Yesterday, for the first time ever, I witnessed the General Elections. The whole nation seemed to be buzzing with energy, ready for change. I was excited, though not of a legal age to vote, I was of age to think for myself what is right and what is wrong. I was happy to see so many people come to vote. Now, I guess, even though the opposition didn’t win, we saw the highest number of voters our nation has ever seen, and we saw the collaboration of the races, and young blood being passionate in the future of our country. But we are also now being ruled by the longest serving coalition government in the world. Many feel cheated, defeated. Many feel that their votes have been made redundant by the corrupt and power-hungry government.
Please Malaysia, don’t lose faith. We need to revive our nation and make the spirit that was alive yesterday, omnipresent. This is our country, and we have the power to make it one that we can be proud of.