Malaysians for Change

From what I am reading around the Internet, I am beginning to gather that there are many Malaysians who want a change for Malaysia but we differ in the form of change that we want. This is where the problem stems, which will probably allow BN to retain power at the federal level come the next general elections.

There is a very large and organised group of Malaysians who want to change the political actors in the system, but are not comfortable with changing the system itself. There is a less formally organised group of Malaysians who want to change the political system itself. The former seems to be where the Pakatan Rakyat have positioned themselves while the MCLM is angling for the latter.

Myself? I am personally sick of the system. That is why, I find the MCLM very interesting and its candidates, a breath of fresh air.

However, when I speak to some of the people around me, they seem hell bent on just replacing BN with the PR and not thinking things through on whether that is actually a good thing or not. I like to point out to people that things can always get worse. The BN is definitely not the worst thing that can happen to Malaysia, we have still not struck rock bottom yet.

Presently, I spend quite a bit of my time on the ground, trying to sign up new voters into the system. During my duties, I am often asked for advice on whom to vote for. I do not believe that it is my place to tell someone else whom to vote for. So, I usually tell them to vote for whom they think is best.

However, our parliament is littered with too many monkeys and donkeys who speak out of their arse, whose brains are made of shite and whose hands are soiled. So, if I was asked whom I would vote for in the GE, I would vote for the human being as we have already sent too many monkeys and donkeys into parliament.

We need more people who can talk – like Khairy Jamaluddin – in order to translate the messages to the ground and capture voter mindshare. We need more people who can work – like Tony Pua – in order to do the analyses and come up with the strategies to better our nation. We also need some people who can fight – in order to do the necessary to put out fires on the ground.

I do hope that Malaysians wake up and realise that we do not just need to change the actors, we need to change the system. Our system of governance needs an overhaul and lots of retuning. That is the big picture and not about putting any particular coalition into power.

Sigh.

Two Lawyers

Uh oh!

That’s the thought that occurred to me when I found out that the MCLM has announced a second lawyer as its candidate. While I know quite a few lawyers myself, and consider some of them my good friends, I have this general bias against lawyers. I personally feel that most lawyers are scum.

However, the MCLM claims that these candidates that they are lining up are not scum, and since I do not know any of these candidates personally, I would have to accept their word at face value. I think that the MCLM is trying to provide us a breath of fresh air and I hope that they do succeed.

For too long, I have been telling people that I would spoil my vote in disgust if presented with the choice between voting for a donkey or a monkey. While some dinosaurs will tell me that it is wishful thinking that MCLM will make a dent in Malaysia’s politics, I do think that we need somebody to take a step in the right direction, even if it is folly.

The idea of sending lawyers into parliament has some appeal to me. For one, members of parliament are law makers. Since that is the case, it would seem logical that the MPs be people who are versed in the law and know how to fix the disconnects in the law. However, I just hope that they do end up balancing these lawyers with non-lawyers too.

Personally, I would like to see more engineers in parliament because, engineers are natural trouble-shooters. Engineers are trained to solve problems, with the tools at hand. So, having some real engineers would be helpful in parliament as well, because we can help make the machine right again.

Let’s just wait and see who else the MCLM announces as candidates. They are supposed to have about 20 lined up and geared up to go.