Saturday, 24 May 2014

Teluk Intan voters, come back to vote!

DAP or BN? You are the boss.
Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost. - John Quincy Adams
One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors – Plato
By-elections are usually considered as not so important by most voters, especially those living away from their hometown, more so if a win or lose of a seat by a political party will not change the government of the day. However, this time, it is different in Teluk Intan. It will not change the government of the day but a win for either party will change the political landscape in this country.
Teluk Intan’s win is pivotal to Gerakan and DAP. A win for Gerakan will change their fortune, or more precisely Mah Siew Keong’s fortune while a win for DAP will signal a new era that Malaysian are ready to discard racial politics by voting for Dyana Sofya under the DAP banner. Teluk Intan will be the catalyst for change. Discarding racial politics is precisely the fear of UMNO that even the old Tun Mahathir have to come out to comment of Dyana’s candidacy. It is also interesting to note that his daughter, Marina is giving thumbs up to Dyana Sofya.
BN leaders have been saying that Mah will become a Minister if he wins but so far the DPM and PM are silence about the matter. And assume that Mah won, what Minister will he be? Will it be a repeat of Koh Tsu Koon’s stint as a Minister taking care of unimportant portfolio? If that is the case, it might as well be that he is not a Minister. It will be good if Prime Minister Najib or DPM Muhyiddin Yassin to openly announce to the people of Teluk Intan the precise position of Mah in the cabinet so that voters won’t feel short changed if something else happened in this era where the trust towards the government is at all-time low, especially among Chinese voters. An announcement will definitely boost Mah’s chance to win.

Many of us are sick of the thugs hired by certain political party without regard for law and order. We are sick of the empty promises of politicians. We are sick of Perkasa and ISMA and racial politics. We are fed up with the ever increasing cost of living and stagnant of our income. We are sick of threat by Ministers that we will be denied development if we do not choose the “same party as the local government”. Besides that, your vote will also be a mini referendum to the government whether you agree or disagree with GST and TPPA and the most of important of all, either you agree with the status quo of BN’s racial formula or you want a new breakthrough.
It is time again for you to use your precious vote to determine the future of this country. Finally, you will get to choose a Minister that has not been confirmed or you will choose a young and dynamic Dyana Sofya. Therefore, your vote is very important in this by-election. For those who live out of Teluk Intan, please come back to vote.
The weekend of 31st May is also the weekend that the Chinese celebrate the rice dumpling festival (端午节), so you can come back to vote and celebrate with your family. For our Indian and Malay friends, it is the start of the school holiday; bring your family home too and vote for a better Malaysia.
I hope that the quotes by John Quincy Adams, the 6th President of the United States and the great philosopher Plato will be the guiding lines for us for we must always vote for principle and we must participate in politics in order not to be governed by our inferiors so that we may cherish the sweetest reflection after that. I believe in the wisdom of Teluk Intan voters to give us a good Member of Parliament that will lead us for better.

Jom Balik Teluk Intan !!

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