YOURSAY ‘Or are the majority still under the spell of the web of deceit spun by the current regime?'
Why I will vote Pakatan
Odin: As I have said before in one or two of my earlier comments in Malaysiakini, Malaysia was founded on deceit.
If we take a look at how Sabah and Sarawak have been treated right from the time the late Stephen Kalong Ningkan was ousted in 1966 - that is, a mere three years after Malaysia came into being - and at the reason that he was ousted, we will conclude that there was never any attempt to honour the 18-Point and 20-Point Agreements.
The Agreements were agreed to and signed merely to entice the two sovereign states into coming together with Malaya and Singapore to form the federation, and then to be lorded over and milked dry.
The two states have become nothing more than mere colonies of Malaya. But not only that, despite their sizes and wealth, they have become the poorest states in the federation. We all know that.
There has never (never!) been any man of honour from among the Umno leaders.
AngryBird: Very well said, Mr KJ John. I hope all Malaysians will care to read and understand what you are trying to convey.
SteveOh*: KJ John, no intelligent and right-thinking person will disagree with you. Thank you for your characteristic honesty in saying what needs to be said and putting it in a polite way.
The civil society is enriched by people like you who speak out for what is right and not what is politically correct and morally reprehensible. The night is nearly over and a new day dawns. Thank you for loving your country.
Abasir: Malaysia was founded on a lie, and it has been Umno's mission to perpetuate that lie.
Following the re-emergence of PAS (after Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin's reign), and later the rise of the dissident breakaway group, Keadilan in 1998, Umno and its self-serving underlings have resorted to all forms of desperate tricks and extreme positions to cling on to power.
The seeds of ethnic fanaticism and crony capitalism sown by Dr Mahathir Mohamad have resulted in the growth of a radicalised crony class which will do anything and say anything to hang on.
The only thing that will bring hope is total change, not the incremental nonsense mouthed by PM Najib Abdul Razak who, disabled by his shady past, will always be held hostage by the extremists within Umno.
Anonymous #42402094: It is worth noting that the ‘Allah' issue was raised by the then home minister Syed Hamid Syed Jaafar Albar for the sole purpose of uniting the Umno and PAS Malays.
His gambit failed when PAS stated that non-Malays have a right to use the word ‘Allah'. But once the issue was raised, and when all and sundry jumped into it, Umno could not pull out, that's why we are in this quagmire now.
Justiceandpeace: Our true north is a two-party system. Vote for Pakatan and let the precedent be set. Remember, both Pakatan and BN are a coalition of parties... and parties can change sides and reshuffle.
Reshuffling as we roll along as a nation will better meet the majority of the aspirations of the nation, and usually be for the better direction and results.
Stories: The best single reason is change for the better. How can any party do worse? Even monkeys are a better bet. We don't need a long, long write-up.
Apa Ini?: Is it not PAS' most recent judgement on the word 'Allah', their final? That non-Muslims cannot use Allah, in particular, Christians whose concept of the one true God is a trilogy of gods and therefore, are included in the ban? Isn't PAS an essential party to Pakatan? How then can you vote for Pakatan?
I haven't heard PKR's stand yet, but if Anwar doesn't get this right, the game's over as far as I'm concerned. And I'm not even Christian or Sikh or anything. Just disappointed.
Kheng: I hope all those Malaysiakini commenters who are aghast with PAS' recent decision on the use of the ‘Allah' word by non-Muslims will read this article.
I quote an extract of the writer's article that says it all: "The Malaysian nation is at a serious crossroad between a feudalistic era of nepotism, cronyism and non-transparent business deals, and a new era demanded by the Internet-worked age of social media and democratic aspirations of all people, regardless of colour or creed.
"The foci of the GE13 will be all these issues. It is for these issues that about 180,000 people arose to peacefully assemble last Saturday. May we learn to be wise in this general election and vote for change."
Don't let the ‘Allah' issue cloud your judgement. It was created by BN leaders to achieve their selfish aims.
Observor: Well done, KJ John. Thank you for your boldness to speak up. Definitely one of the better articles you have penned.
If only the current government were to sieve through such valuable inputs/comments and act accordingly, then they can be sure to get stronger support. But sad to say, they are shying away from doing what the rakyat is asking them to do.
Anonymous #23456263: Yes, equality for all Malaysians is the most important. Besides, we must rid the nation of corruption, rent-seeking, negotiated tenders, injustice and polluting industries.
Justicealways: I think your comments are great and very enlightening, but it will be better if they were to be translated or written in BM. Nowadays, many young Malays do not read or speak English.
Ace: Very well said, Mr John. The big question now is: "Are more Malaysians seeing the light and in agreement with your well-articulated arguments, or are the majority still under the spell of the web of deceit spun by the current regime?"
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