Sunday, 24 February 2008

Vote For Malaysia's Sake!

I rarely read opinions endorsed by The Star, but this one was too good to pass up. Read it for yourself.

For Malaysia’s sake, go and vote! by Huzir Sulaiman


We should aim for an 80% voter turnout at this election. After 50 years of independence, it’s time we got more involved.

(We might not be able to do better than 80%, realistically, because there will always be some voters in hospital with dengue fever; and of course, going by the alarming crime rates, a large number of voters will be the victims of snatch theft on the way to the polling station, thereby losing their identity cards and being unable to prove that they are actual living, registered voters, as opposed to, say, one of 200 dead voters living in the same two-room house.)

Anecdotal evidence suggests that voter turnout is low among the educated and English-speaking. Readers of The Star, basically. I sincerely hope someone will come up with figures to show that I’m wrong, but that’s the way it looks.

Excuses for not voting abound.

The idea that by not voting one can somehow register “a protest against the whole political system” is utterly nonsensical. You wouldn’t be registering a protest.

You wouldn’t be registering anything. You’d be erasing yourself.

You’d be disemboweling your own citizenship.

You’d be tearing out the intestines of your patriotism and throwing them onto the barbecue of your apathy.

In short: If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.

I've always liked opinions with strong words. :)


stupidmalaysia said...

Please pass the sajak out.
BN must be denied 2/3 majority

polytikus said...

this is awesome! :) i haven't read the papers ... been out all day :( i'm totally passing this on :)

Roxanne said...

One thing I was told by a teacher - who, for some weird reason, saw potential in me as a writer - is never to overdo with figures of speech.

Right, I was guilty of similes like "my heart raced like a Ferrari" and "my head was as heavy as a barrel of cement" when I was a schoolgirl!

"disemboweling your own citizenship ... tearing out the intestines of your patriotism ... throwing them onto the barbecue of your apathy"??? I'm wondering what Miss Lee would say to these extended metaphors. Hahaha!

Crankshaft said...

It was so over the top that I couldn't help but LOVE it!!!