( image by Jorge Candeias, 30 June 2005)
Malaysia has a population of…what?…22, 24 million? No la. Close to 27 million actually. But the fate of the entire country is dependent on a group of politicians who are voted in by less than 7 million voters. Scary isn’t it?
I made this deduction after reading from the newspapers today about how many Malaysians are actually eligible but not registered voters.
The newspaper story also revealed that the main urban centres of Selangor, Perak, Johor and the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur make up the largest bloc of non-registered voters. This despite the fact that urban dwellers are mostly well-educated, affluent and should be the first ones in line to want a hand in managing the country of their birth and the provider of their fortunes. But no la.
Like the editorial in the NST said, those least concerned with participating in the democratic process are often among those reaping the greatest benefits from the system. And probably are those who complain and tokkok the loudest. Why ah? On the surface I suppose it isn’t so difficult to understand. Urban flers who have education and good paying jobs look around at what is happening and just shrug their shoulders and say, “Naer mine la. I work hard. Save money. Send my children all to Perth. Maybe one day I will buy a house in Perth. Apply P.R. lor."
"Yes, boss what can I do for you? Come I get for you. No problem la.”
Why is this the scenario? Well, it doesn’t take a genius to tell you, right? It’s been 50 years since Merdeka. And the successive administrations have done their work brilliantly. NEP, Bahasa Malaysia which became Bahasa Melayu, discounted housing for certain Malaysians, cronyism which affects all irregardless of race, new I.C. old I.C.…etc. etc.
So think about it. The fate of 27 million Malaysians decided by the votes of less than 7 million. And we think those baargers in the blaardy garmen are the stoopid ones? Think again.
Or better still, register now and make sure YOU vote at the next General Election.