The Election Commission (EC) has denied Suhakam’s application to monitor the 14th general elections (GE14) and no reason was given for its decision. The EC has now also ruled that no campaigning can take place out of the constituency the candidate is standing for elections without its approval. Such campaigning can only take place 10 days from the date of approval.
We are also aware of all the other obstacles that the caretaker government has placed to prevent the opposition and, especially, former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s party, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), from moving forward. PPBM was given a 30-day disband order but the High Court allowed a stay of the decision, so PPBM can now participate in the elections.
When you look at all the obstacles the opposition has to overcome, the question on most people’s mind is whether GE14 will be a fairly conducted elections. As Malaysians, we know the answer to that question, too. But, we must not be discouraged.
In this elections, we must say “We’ve had it! We want a change!” and vote for change. The urban voters are fully aware, but the rural voters still need to be reached and informed of the cost of upholding the status quo.
The political parties and candidates are doing their best. Now, it’s up to us to reach out to the rural voters who really are the kingmakers in this elections. We need to send all the WhatsApp messages we get to people who can send them to others and to others and so on until the rural voters are reached and they are made to see that in the GE14 there’s only one choice left for us to set this nation on the path to good governance again. The choice is to vote for change.
This morning, I told my maid about all the things happening in the country and to vote for the blue eye symbol (the Pakatan Harapan (PH) symbol). My maid who has been voting for the dacing (scales of justice) symbol (the Barisan Nasional (BN) symbol) all her life, added, “Yes, I heard they are teruk (terrible)!” She has decided not to vote for the dacing symbol. I showed her the PH symbol so now she knows which symbol to mark when she votes.
I told her to tell all her relatives and friends to do the same! Such messages need to keep going out so that through a long and circuitous route they finally hit the mobiles of the target group — the rural voters.
I know we are all doing our best. Keep at it, friends. The message for change must keep going!