COMMENT | Syukur Alhamdulillah. Praise be to the Almighty for having answered our collective prayers and for having prevailed, to enable us to realise what we wanted to achieve. What seemed almost impossible has happened.
A new day has begun for our beloved Malaysia and Malaysians.
A new chapter in our history has started to be written.It is exactly 4.15 am on this historic day, May 10, 2018.
I am too excited to sleep.
I never imagined that I would live to see this day. The day the rakyat showed their wisdom in choosing a new government for the next five years, and registering so strongly, their disdain and rejection of corruption, poor governance and abuse of authority.
Power is with the rakyat, not the government.
The government only serves the rakyat, and the stakeholders of the nation. Not to serve those managing the nation.
The multiracial rakyat of Malaysia has rejected the politics of divisiveness, parochialism, and xenophobia. They have placed a premium on unity and togetherness.
They have given the contract to manage Malaysia for the next five years to a new party Pakatan Harapan.
Helmed by our remarkable Dr Mahathir Mohamad, I am confident that there will begin the process of righting the wrongs, and putting the nation back on the right track in the context of development, social cohesion, focus on the young generation and all that is needed to bring back Malaysia to its glory days, and more, including to rebuild our tarnished image and dignity, and proudly take our rightful place in the world's fraternity of nations.
The world will be watching every step being taken, by the new government, and by us the rakyat.
Let us continue to remain united, be proud to be Malaysians and be assets to Malaysia.
To the young, please remember that we, of the older generation, are doing all these for you, and the generations after you. Please look after our beloved and blessed nation as best as you can.
Please help to make this new chapter in our history, a truly glorious one, InsyaAllah.
Sejathera Malaysia, Tanah Air Kita, Rumah Kita Bersama.
Syukur to the Almighty for the success of Pakatan Harapan.
RAFIDAH AZIZ is the former international trade and industry minister.