With all the hype going on about the upcoming GE (General Elections), I feel like putting in my two cents’ worth on the issue here.
Having said that though, I will not be biased towards any party; I’ll be Switzerland in this post. xD (For those of you who do not know, me being ‘Switzerland’ is not a literal statement; it’s a figure of speech meaning that I’ll be neutral.)
Also, note that this post will be general; I won’t go in-depth about elections and parties and whatnot.
Working at the local newspaper, it’s mandatory that I know at least the basics of what’s happening following the GE. And just yesterday, I attended the nominations of the members of the parties. And no, I wasn’t covering the event; my boss asked me to just go for ‘experience’, per se, so that I’ll know what goes on. And very obviously, I wouldn’t be allowed in the nomination hall.
Yup.. It’s all ‘everything they can do to get their party out there’.
But in all honesty, after reading this, I wish all countries thought of elections that way. An excerpt of the passage says, ” Kami, rakyat Sabah, percaya bahawa pilihanraya adalah soal memilih kemudi terbaik untuk negara. Bukan soal memilih antara dua jalan: satu ke neraka, satu ke syurga.”
For the non-Malay speakers, the statement simply says, “We, the people of Sabah, believe that general elections is a matter of choosing who would be best to lead the country. It is not about choosing between heaven or hell.”
Before going to the nominations yesterday, I prepared myself for what might happen. My boss already mentioned that the usuals involved lots of screaming, but that chaos probably wouldn’t erupt (it would be bad publicity, durr). I probably should also mention that this year would be my first year voting, so I haven’t gone through the voting process before, but it isn’t hard to guess the procedures and events leading up to the elections if you’ve watched related videos.
I knew I was probably gonna sweat a lot, unless the weather decides to be nice to me and be cloudy. But of course, no such luck. I also hadn’t walked this much in an hour since I left uni. I missed walking, but the sun was literally mocking me. ==
I was also expecting to be asked who I was voting for. While at the back of my head, I knew which party I was gonna vote for, I still wanna keep my options open. And that was exactly what I was planning to tell anyone who might ask: That I’m keeping my options open, but when the time comes, I will vote for the party who is NOT all talk and no walk. I will vote for the party who actually does something for the people, not just when elections are approaching. Because we all know that when election season is approaching, a load of bull will be promised to the people to lure votes, but AFTER the election, they literally flip you off.
So yeah. If anyone from any party happens to come across my humble post (cheh wahhh~ xD ), that is what I will be looking for to place my vote. I’m not asking for immediate action following your promise; I’m asking to see effort done to fulfill the promises you so passionately vouched for as the GE approaches.