Dear fellow Malaysians in Sarawak,
Many of you are now starting to go to the polling stations to cast your votes. Some of you may even have voted.
Your vote is sacred. But before you cast your vote, think carefully.
Not just for yourself. Think of your future and your children’s future.
Think about why with so much natural resources ( black gold and timber), and relatively small population, you should be enjoying one of the highest standards of livings. Instead, your state is still behind in so many areas.
There are so many issues in your State. You must have heard about this over the last 10 days. I am not going to bother you again with all these.
I am just asking you to consider carefully about one thing. Do you want a government that is dominant and arrogant ; a government that is so strong that their wish becomes your command? If you want that, you vote for BN.
Do you want a government that is balanced by a strong opposition and hence would be afraid of losing popular support; a government which will therefore be more humble and listen to the ground; a government that your wish is their command? If you want that, you vote for the opposition.
As I see it, there is no fear of the existing government losing power. You dont have to worry for that. You just have to think whether you want a better check and balance, or you want status quo? A simple choice, but think wisely.
In areas where there are more than 2 candidates, do not waste your vote casting for minor party or independents. They are there just to split votes. In these areas, again you must consider whether you want a better checking system or you want to issue a blank checque for the power that be? If you want the former, concentrate your votes for the bigger opposition party and do not waste your vote. If you want the latter, you know what to do.
The choice is simple. But what you do today will have great impact on the whole nation. Just take an example, the recent Bible issue. Do you think that the bibles would be released if not for your state election? if not for the fact that the power that be is afraid of losing a lot of Christian votes?
That is the power of democracy. Because you are the ultimate boss. You decide.
Think whether you are better off now than 10 years ago. Think about what will happen in 10 years’ time. You are an intelligent being, and you know how to cast your vote. But before doing so, just think about what I have mentioned above.
My best wishes are with all of you, and whatever you decide , whatever your wish is, I respect your choice.
Best regards, and happy voting.
Your Compatriot from West Malaysia.