Sunday, March 9, 2008

Warkah Untuk Barisan Rakyat

We will judge you by the same measures by which we have expelled the previous regime.

We voted you in without regard to your skin color, religion or biological makeup. We were Chinese who have voted PAS, Malays who have chosen DAP and Indians who opted for PKR. We were the oppressed who saw you as liberators and the cheated who believed in the truth....

A Message to the New State Governments

Greetings ye new leaders of the state governments of Kedah, Penang, Perak, Selangor and Kelantan.

We congratulate the parties for a hard-won battle against the seemingly insurmountable Barisan Nasional.

We the voters stood by you - DAP, PKR and PAS during those days you were known as the opposition. We gave a great part of ourselves to help in your noble cause. We parted with our hard-earned money and donated generously at your open air ceramahs. We braved the unrelenting terrible weather, stood heel-deep in mud listening to your promises of a better Malaysia. We refused to budge under all adverse circumstances. Some of us have placed our careers and families at risk. We were vocal critics and diligent deep-throats supporting the opposition while earning a living in the civil service.

We slogged and blogged, wrote and re-wrote, voted and revolted,

We did it all for only one reason – that together we can initiate change towards a better Malaysia. You have now won victoriously, far beyond anyone’s expectations.

Do not disappoint us the rakyat. You have proclaimed us your bosses by your own admission and we lay claim to that role.

You will fulfill your promises and we expect you to demonstrate genuine effort even if you fail in the end. In the past, you could cite limited resources and forced inhibition as excuses for delivery failure. No more now. You are in charge and the last thing we rakyat need is more mitigating factors.

We will judge you by the same measures by which we have expelled the previous regime.

Rest assured that you will be held accountable to every proclamation and condemnation that you ever uttered over the last four years.

We voted you in without regard to your skin color, religion or biological makeup. We were Chinese who have voted PAS, Malays who have chosen DAP and Indians who opted for PKR. We were the oppressed who saw you as liberators and the cheated who believed in the truth. We your bosses have set aside our differences and we shall settle for nothing less than the same among you. If we could unit in spite of years of BN racism, you as leaders have even more reason to collaborate and achieve.

While we won’t expect you to see eye to eye in all things, we do not want any washing of dirty linen in public, either. We affirm our right to praise or criticize you and it is our privilege to have a say in decision-making. We do not desire fanciful slogans or sweet-sounding promises. Rather, we wish to taste sincerity and humility, and we demand you from this moment to observe humility at all times. We insist on our right to be heard, our grouses to be attended to and our welfare to be considered.

We seek justice, not exhibitionism.

Do not betray the trust we placed in you, lest we show you the exit the way we did to the previous regime that betrayed us.

This is your time - your one and only chance to prove you’re worth your salt.

Don’t blow it.


fooji said...

Harapan baru untuk Malaysia!!!

Definitely, we have high expectations of the new state governments

Boon Teong said...

Be humble in administration and ruling of the states.
Respect the rights of all races.
Chinese leaders I hope they don't become Chinese chauvinists. Understand that majority of the rakyat are still the Malays.
Nevertheless, equal rights must be given to the Chinese, Indians and other races as this country belongs to MALAYSIANS.
We proved that we are willing to risk for a change. Well done MALAYSIANS. This is a victory for all.

beetieng said...

Today, I call myself a Malaysian. Bravo to all Malaysians. For opposition and BN, play fair and stand up for the people. We pray for a better tomorrow.


Anonymous said...

What expecting 9 or 10 out of 10? We should judge by the overall performance. State Government fundings are tied down by Federal and slo in time where USA is going to experience downturn. For the start we should at least expect better service at the Government Counters. More efficient, transparency and no corruption. Better land mangement and MAYBE a high tech amimal farming (including pig rearing) which complies EIS and EIA in exclusion zone to minimise the visual impact.

Alan said...

The first thing Barisan Rakyat should do to secure the confidence of the rakyat in its governance is to prove that it is better and cleaner than the Opposition (BN currently). This can be done by setting up a committee to nab all the likes of Zakaria Md Deros (illegal palace), Md Said Yusop (close one eye) and Bung Mokhtar (bocor). These shameless scumbags should not be allowed to prosper under the BR's administration. They will never learn a lesson unless they start rotting in prison.

Only when we've amputated the "gangrene" in our society, can we fully focus our time, energy and money in developing a more transparent, clean and efficient government by the people and for the people.

Cassandra L said...

lovely warkah. :)

NoktahHitam said...

Well written warkah, bravo doc!

Lets hope for the best!

nimishadasan mahadevan said...

Let me share an extract from the United States Declaration of Independence which echoes your call for a United Souls of Malaysia.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security."

SV said...

Well said. Your words echo what is in the minds of many of us.

The most powerful tool in our hands is the vote. We have demonstrated that we have to power to expel the government that does not perform. The Barisan Rakyat state governments will be well aware of this and will be under pressure to live up to our expectations.

In those states where BN rules, we exercise the same power. We can now hold them to account.

But until and unless we restore the independence of the judiciary, we cannot act on specific cases of improper conduct. Rule of Law has to be one of our earliest priorities.

whitelighter said...

My eyes were filled with tears, my throat choked... that how i feel when reading your blog.. It was my tears of happiness. I love malaysia more now that I am sure our voice will be heard. Let our children grow up in a harmonious and just society. I am a Malay, Muslim but i wish to be known as Malaysian. We should focus on our similarities and strengthen camaraderie