Everyday I wonder what am I doing with my life
((I realise this post is rambling and confusing, and I apologise for my lack of eloquence and lousy writing skills. I just need an outlet for my feelings over this matter, and frankly, there’s just too many things that are wrong with my country’s government to even list here. I don’t claim everything I write here to be accurate, by the way. This is just an out-of-control rant and terribly-phrased essay that I needed to get off my chest.))
I am a Malaysian. My country will undergo elections on the 5th of May, and this is the dirtiest, most disgustingly foul election campaign ever in the young history of my country. For many of you who don’t know, Malaysia is notorious for the rampant corruption under the current government servants and their cronies.
The government party, Barisan National, has ruled the country for over 5 decades till now. Dirty politics and tactics are being flung left, right and centre, by those desperately trying to maintain control over the country.
We have a Prime Minister who is involved in the murder of a Mongolian model, Altantuya Sharibuu. This man has, till now, spent nearly 58 BILLION Ringgit Malaysia to promote his ugly mug across the country. FIFTY-EIGHT BILLION of taxpayers’ money for self promotion, which also includes petty subsidies and discount vouchers (Essentially, he’s bribing poor citizens to vote for his party). Everywhere we see his face on flags, buntings, banners and billboards haphazardly placed on any empty spot on the roadsides and string on trees, and with each passing day more and more of those seem to sprout like mushrooms after a rainfall.
The Prime Minister’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, is probably the most hated person in Malaysia now, known for her love of extravagant designer handbags (notably Birkin bags) and jewelry bought using the taxpayer’s money (which she claims to have bought using her own money. Yeah right. She earns enough to own at least seven Birkins, apparently)
We have a corporation that mishandled 250 MILLION Ringgit Malaysia, allocated to them to promote the beef industry in Malaysia. Those funds instead went into the purchase of extravagant condominiums, land lots, travel expenses, and a luxury car, for the chairman and his wife, who is connected to a government party.
We have the case of Teoh Beng Hock, a worker in one of the Opposition parties, who was brought into questioning, then subsequently murdered and FLUNG OUT OF THE MACC, THE MALAYSIAN ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMISSION BUILDING. He was claimed to have COMMITTED SUICIDE despite strangle marks found on his neck after a SECOND AUTOPSY. The jerks were eager to have the case closed after the first autopsy’s verdict was suicide, till those who cried foul demanded a second autopsy. It was highly unlikely for him to have committed suicide, as he was about to get married and his baby was on the way, and had no prior reports of any sort of emotional distress.
We cannot even trust the Anti-Corruption Commission. That pretty much tells you how bad corruption is in my country.
All mainstream media (newspapers, local TV channels, etc) are controlled by the government. I kid you not, literally everyday the papers report only scaremongering by the governing parties, trying to convince people not to vote for the Opposition. Practically no articles from the Opposition’s view. We do not have free and fair media in Malaysia, no sirree. Many people who don’t have access to non-mainstream media, especially the rural poor, are ignorant of the dirty truth.
Illegal immigrants are granted citizenship after staying only a few months in our country, for a ridiculously cheap fee, all on the condition that they will vote for the government. Just recently, there’s news going around FB that the two main airlines in Malaysia, MAS and AirAsia, are in kahoots with the government to ferry those illegals from East Malaysia to our capital state Selangor within these few days left till the elections. This was revealed through emails leaked by a few airline staff, bless their hearts for not being silent participants of this evil scheme. I don’t have clear facts, but the number of illegals reach into tens of thousands of them, maybe even hundreds of thousands. The government is desperate to reclaim Selangor from the Opposition this time.
The Election Commission is also as filthy as everything connected to the current government. Polling agents bribed to mismanage and miscount votes, even throw out perfectly good votes. For this election, instead of having all ballots brought to a ballot counting centre, all votes will be counted right at the polling centres(most of which happen to be primary and secondary schools). Unless there are enough clean volunteers to oversee each polling station, there is a lot of room for vote mishandling to happen this time. Once they lock the school doors to count the votes, who knows if there are only corrupted agents congregated together, and who knows what they do with the votes. (Of course, I don’t have concrete facts for this but it’s a pretty known thing to happen in my country already.)
The government uses phantom voters, for goodness sake. Voters who registered with incomplete addresses, dead voters, voters who did not even register themselves but found themselves on the electoral roll nonetheless, and now illegal immigrant voters. Illegals who can’t even speak our national language, don’t even mention singing the national song. These people get to vote for the government. These people who are not real citizens, who will not feel the brunt of the consequences.
We Malaysians have to bear the punishment for not being loyal to the tyrannical, oppressive government. The government that makes the elite rich richer, and the poor poorer. This isn’t even a matter of race anymore, the corrupt Malays are abusing the poor Malays and likewise with the Chinese and Indians. The hardcore poor are kept poor and ignorant, and thus, are told to be grateful and vote for the government that gives out petty subsidies and goodies, which come from, again, the taxpayer’s pockets.
I’m scared for the future of my country and the people of Malaysia. If we have clean and fair elections, the government WILL be booted out. They know they cannot rely on the citizens’ votes this time, for too many of us know the truth and will not stand for injustice. Therefore they are doing everything and anything, abusing power and taxpayers’ money, recruiting illegals and phantom voters, resorting to cheap, dirty, foul tricks and tactics to keep their positions. Too much is at stake for them should they lose this election. All the topshots will be brought to court for the bribery and corruption. The Prime Minister will face investigation for all his evildoings and to clear up the Altantuya murder case. These scum of the earth will no longer be able to siphon off the citizens. If the government wins big this election round, I fear there will be no chance of ousting them when the next election comes.
God help Malaysia, for things are already going out of control now.
Of all the cup noodles on the shelf, I have the luck of choosing the one with only half the amount of noodles in it. Quality control what is that, it does not exist here