Monday, June 3, 2013

The Substance of Change Rooted In Sound Aspirations: To Rally or Not To Rally?

With regard to the peaceful rallies across the country, I fully support the people’s protest against electoral fraud and 5 decades of institutional racism and corruption. 

And because of these events and the widespread communications of the Internet that will eventually go to the rural areas, I believe Barisan is currently pressured to either (a) reform from within or (b) perish in the next elections once the rural voters see through their lies and bribes. The clock is ticking steadily for them to change before voters return to the poll in five years.

However, there is always a small but real risk that Malaysian citizens, in their determination to bring about political change (Ubah), become too caught up to think clearly how their ideas of change can be accomplished. Peaceful civil resistance is an effective way against tyrannies. But let us also hope and pray that the Malaysian Spring (as coined by Lim Kit Siang) does not turn into an Arab winter of discontent which is what has happened in Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Tunisia and Syria. 

In my ruminations of the future, I believe there are two potential tsunamis that Malaysia faces today: (1) the external tsunami of foreign political domination, which is often violent and hidden from public knowledge (e.g. Arab Spring and the training of Syrian rebels by foreign funded terrorists). (2) The other tsunami is an internal peaceful process of political change engineered by every right-thinking and conscientious Malaysian. Both these external and internal forces are working against each other. 

Thus, as democratic citizens, we should strive for a delicate balance where we put pressure on both the two main political parties to change and offer the best policies and solutions (early signs of change include the latest move to shift the reporting structure of the Election Commission to a parliamentary committee and discussions of a single non-racial party). 

GE 08 and 13 showed the trend is against BN so they have to really act fast in a way that is legitimate and ethical. Similarly, comparably high expectations are placed on the shoulders of Pakatan Rakyat leaders to offer viable and sound policies to govern and steer Malaysia through the global economic challenges. 

Put simply, the key strategy for Msians today is to pressure both parties to come up with the best political solution to Malaysia’s dependence on race-based politics in the next few months and years. 

The 21st century clock is ticking and it is my view that the global elite are planning to destabilise every nation and region (we also need to watch what the Spore government is doing with regard to our politics and how they treat their own citizens).

On a slightly different note, there have been blog discussions that some Christians were disappointed with the election results despite their prayers for change.

I totally agree with Kon Onn Sein’s view and knew beforehand that a number of Christians will be frustrated with the results.

We should trust in the Lord with all our hearts and not lean on our own understanding, in all our WAYS submit to Him and He will make our paths STRAIGHT (Proverbs 3:5-6)

The election results almost resulted in a hung parliament situation (if not for the irregularities) and this may be the ideal situation for both political parties to compete against each other for the people’s favour to govern. Barisan may have the upper hand now but God’s hands can work wonders behind the scenes and beyond our comprehension.

Just continue to pray and praise God for the promises He has declared over Malaysia. This nation will arise to fulfill her destiny as the rainbow nation of the world!




 

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