We've ditched race card, gov't should follow suit
I have tried really hard not to say anything about the results of our general elections, as I believed that everyone knows deep in their hearts what really happened, and what it all means for us Malaysians going forward.
I held my tongue when Premier Najib Abdul Razak said that the results were caused by a "Chinese tsunami". I was deeply saddened that the prime minister of our great country, who has been going round spending tonnes of money promoting 1Malaysia, could actually utter those words, which clearly could cause racial tension.
The local media, particularly Utusan Malaysia, is making matters worse by playing up this issue. Why have they been allowed to do so? Isn't this incitement? Shouldn't action be taken against them?
What Najib said and what the media is unnecessarily focusing on is causing the racial tension. It is almost as if they want the rakyat to be divided.
And sadly, I think it has worked to some extent as there have been a number of posts on my Facebook news feed that are rather worrying. And this is what prompted me to write this letter.
A number of people (including people whom I thought were educated and progressive) seem to believe that the results were indeed caused by a "Chinese Tsunami", citing that the Chinese were racists and that is why they voted the opposition.
They somehow can't seem to see that if this was the case, then why did PAS/PKR win when slated against MCA? For example, Rafizi of PKR completely whitewashed Gary Lim of MCA in Pandan (MCA's stronghold for the past five elections).
Why did PAS win in Malay dominated BN strongholds? For example, PAS has successfully captured the Malay majority seats (percentage of Malays in brackets) of Sabak (79 percent), Morib (59 percent), Paya Jaras (57 percent), Dusun Tua (53 percent), Tanjong Sepat (52 percent) and Taman Templar (51 percent).
GE result wasn't racial, the 'tsunami' was geog+socio-econ: with cities and towns on one side and rural Malaysia on other. (Karim Raslan, political analyst)
Many of my friends and neighbours, Chinese, Malays, Indians, all stood together at PAS-led ceramah in the rain, and we stood for change.
If anything, we have all ditched the race card and voted for what we believed in.
BN won the elections with a simple majority of 133 seats against 89 seats taken by the Pakatan Rakyat (Let us not get into how BN obtained this majority. I think it is clear in everyone's minds and hearts how this election was won).
But despite all the tactics that were used to win, BN only polled 5.220 million votes to Pakatan Rakyat's 5.489 million, for a deficit of 269,130 votes based on calculations by The Malaysian Insider.
That the losers can't accept losing is normal. What's new is that the winners know they didn't really win. (Amir Muhammad, writer)
People fail to see and refuse to acknowledge, particularly hard-core BN supporters, that the popular vote is what reflects reality.
What is this reality?
The reality is that there is a huge urban/rural divide, with urbanites being acutely aware of the issues that are at stake and therefore turning to alternative media to seek the truth.
The reality is that the majority of Malaysians, regardless of race, chose Pakatan and rejected BN.
Interestingly enough, BN seems to be basking in the glory of their victory without fully comprehending that they have in fact lost.
I think, so far, only one person from BN understands the gravity of the situation for the ruling coalition, that is Khairy Jamaluddin.
Khairy Jamaluddin, BN's Rembau MP and Umno Youth head: "What we got yesterday was a reprieve. If BN doesn't deliver on the change that people demand then GE14, khalas."
I sincerely hope that people will start to understand that this election has shown that the people of Malaysia have in fact matured and we know what we want.
We want change.
We want to see the end of corruption, cronyism and nepotism.
We want a government that is clean, fair and transparent.
We want a government that works for its people.
We want a government that is answerable to the people.
We hope that in the not too distant future, this will be a reality.