Friday, May 11, 2018

New Malaysia

There was a time when I thought my vote won't count. What could just ONE vote do? I thought to myself whoever is in power will not affect my life much. That was how ignorant I was. I never had any interest in politics nor did I care. I just feel like I'm just one person, I can't make a difference and why should I even bother? I have better things to do, surely.

I started to look around me. Yes, alhamdulillah, I live pretty well but when I speak to people outside this bubble I live in, I see people are struggling. A lot of people are. My ONE vote will make an impact to their lives. My ONE vote can make a difference. I was not convinced I could but that little voice inside me tells me you should at least try...

I was in Penang last year and I spoke to the girls working in the reflexology centre. I went to get a foot massage. They are struggling to make ends meet. Lunch for them is a packet of Maggi because if they were to spend more by buying food at the stalls down the road (which won't cost them more than RM10 per meal), their monthly salary won't be enough to cover their rent. That is how bad things are for them. They tell me things have gotten even worse since the implementation of GST. People are visiting these hotels less, less visitors means less people would come to get a foot massage from them. Things are getting more and more expensive for them. They used to make about RM3000 per month but now, that salary is cut to almost half. That made me rethink my decision to vote. I may be blessed to be financially stable but people outside the bubble aren't. I need to help any way I can.

On the 9th May 2018, I went out to vote at Setiawangsa P118. It was my first time. I am a proud first time voter. I could have voted before, yes, I could have but I didnt. Better late than never right? This time, I saw firsthand how my ONE vote, made a huge difference. I was part of this new phenomena! I was part of this BIG change. Wow. I can make a difference.

I voted for change and I got it! Alhamdulillah! God is great!

Couples who vote together, stays together 
Voting wasn't all that difficult at all. I woke up, went to my voting station which was literally 2 minutes drive away. Walked in and waited in the queue for about slightly over an hour. That was it. The process was done within 2 minutes but the impact was huge!

The wait for the results was long. Oh boy, it was!! I didnt feel too well that day (probably because I heard a not so good news from my mum that made my heart sank a bit - will share later). I felt my whole body crumpling down. I felt like I was really falling sick. I applied oils all day and by 8pm, I was in bed. My body couldn't take it. As much as I wanted to wait for the results, my body said "NO!! You have to sleep!" My husband stayed up waiting for the results.

At about 12am, I woke up from my sleep to go to the toilet. I've been drinking a lot of water lately (my new habit!) and my sleep is often interrupted. I always have to pee at least 2x a night. Reminded me of the time when I was pregnant. (No, I'm not pregnant!). I walked outside to check on my husband, he was half asleep and I suddenly felt like I should watch the results a bit. My body was still aching but I still wanted to see what happened.

I was shocked that results was still not out yet. Why is it taking so long?? Is this even normal??? Some hanky panky must be going on. At this point in time, I was still sure BN would win. They always somehow manage to win right? I still didnt see the power of my ONE vote. I voted for a guy I didnt know. I was so sure he wouldn't win. He is so young. And the other guy is a very well known UMNO veteran. So sure he wouldn't win, yet I voted against the odd. The underdog.

When the results came out that my guy won, I was shocked!!! WOW!!!!!!! My vote made a difference!
This is awesome isn't it?!

Finally at almost 4am, it was announced that Pakatan Harapan won. My kids got up and watched the news with us. They dont understand it of course, but they know that it is a big thing and wanted to be a part of it. I guess in a way it was like sports day, rooting for your team to win. I was happy to learn that some of my BN friends, whose family are contesting won their race too. I know they worked really hard for the people of their kawasan. They are genuine leaders who are truly in politics to help the people.

I come to realise that it is not BN that people hate. It is the leader. The top leader. But they have good people who are truly awesome leader to their community. Those, my respect stands with them. Unfortunately, to get rid of the top leader, there is no other way but to bring the whole party down. That is when Malaysian unite and vote for one.

I've always been a fan of Tun M. I grew up with him as an idol. And Tun Siti Hasmah, what do you not love about her? She's just the most amazing person there is. She's super cute too and very witty. I once saw them walking in Pavilion about 10 years ago. I was with my husband and I wanted a photo with them but we were too scared to go up to them (because of the security around them). Once we walked away, we saw so many going up to them asking for photo. Damn! I live to regret that day. I wish I had the courage to go up to them. They are very approachable and so lovely from what we saw. Hopefully someday I will get that change. May Allah bless them and protect them always. 93 years old. Wow. That's a record for sure! There is no other like him. If anyone can do it, it is him!

I woke up the next day to a brand new Malaysia. I am proud to be part of this new Malaysia. A single vote made a huge difference. I feel like we are stronger when we all unite. Together we are stronger. I dont know much about politics and honestly speaking, I am not too interested in it but what I want is a better future for all of us. So many to do to get Malaysia like how it was before, the Malaysia I remember and love. We all need to do our part.

Every vote counts! We can make a difference
We now have a chance to make a difference. Remember, every little bit counts! Just like how my 1 vote did!

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