GE13 looms and the time is at hand again to elect a new government for Malaysia.
I will be casting my vote in exercise of my fundamental right and responsibility as a citizen to express my choice for whom I would like to have lead the federal and state executive and legislature over the next five years.
So what am I looking for in a new government?
A forward-thinking government. One which is not afraid of changing the old ways of doing things.
One that will lead this country into a better future for me and my loved ones, present and future.
A government that leads with integrity and honour.
A government that is truly inclusive and embracing of the vibrant diversity of this nation.
A government that recognises the privilege it has been accorded by the voting citizens of this country.
A government that leads by example.
A government which lives up to its election promises.
A government that earns and retains our trust and respect.
A government that cherishes and upholds each and every tenet of our Rukun Negara as follows:
Our nation, Malaysia, is being dedicated to:
- Achieving a greater unity of all her people;
- Maintaining a democratic way of life;
- Creating a just society in which the wealth of the nation shall be equitably shared;
- Ensuring a liberal approach to her rich and diverse cultural tradition; and
- Building a progressive society which shall be oriented to modern science and technology.
We, the people of Malaysia, pledge our united efforts to attain these ends, guided by these principles:
- Belief in God
- Loyalty to king and country
- Upholding the constitution
- Rule of the law, and
- Good behaviour and morality
A government that is able to put the needs of the country ahead of race or politics.
A government which recognises that poverty is colour blind.
A government which treats all citizens equally; not on the basis of their social standing or political affiliations.
A government which ensures economic and social distributive policies are based on need and not ethnicity or race.
A government that encourages open discussion and debate and which accepts criticism as a means of improvement.
A government that has zero tolerance for corruption.
A government that takes the politics out of the crafting of our nation's education system.
A government that readily and fully accepts the right of assembly to civilly express views.
A government that upholds the independence of our judiciary and that recognises that justice must be seen to be done as well as done.
A government that believes in independent checks and balances.
All Malaysians are entitled to such a government!