I feel relieved, proud and happy that I FINALLY able to exercise my right as an eligible Malaysian! I know this sound a little bit far-fetched but coming from a virgin voter, this means a lot. I am ashamed but have to admit that although I am now at the ripe age of 29 years old (OK, another 26 days to be officially officiated as 29 years old at 1st of June!), this is my first time voting … and YES, I had missed 2 elections. But, people grow up; and I’ve learned my lesson.
Savouring the delicious Coffee Bean’s caramel at LCCT. So happened coincidentally, Kat was about to board her flight 1 hour earlier than me to Sarawak. So we just hanged out together for a while. (,”)
Like many other younger Malaysians who used to perceive Malaysian politics as being too dramatic, sly and “dirty”, I was once an ignorant Malaysian. My stance towards politics was stoically unfazed; and I couldn’t care less. I remembered during 2008 when I was working in AFFIN Bank as the Assistant Relationship Manager, the community was so into election but I didn’t understand what was the hullabaloo about. When I told Abang Ali, the unofficial ‘banker bouncer’ as he was big-size man but very kind hearted (I miss him!) that I won’t be voting, he lamented how I was at the loss for NOT EXERCISING MY RIGHT! I didn’t pay heed to what he said because; well…. I was a 24 years old who was just about to discover the post-tertiary-education life. I was in the experimental, unstable and reckless phase of my life; so “serious governmental matters” wasn’t really my cup of tea. Financial/economic matters – YES; but political matter, still a NAY! Geez, lame wasn’t it?
The night scenery of Alor Star, Kedah from an Air Asia plane. Welcome back to Kedah, The Land Of Paddy-Field. Been ages since I last board plane now that I often drive Dagny Taggart!
Then on 2009, I quit AFFIN Bank and joined KPLI, a one-year- crash course for degree holder to obtain license to become a teacher. Slowly I began to keep abreast myself with current political issues but it didn’t really knocked into my head really hard until 2010 when I was located to SK Serendah, the school I am serving now as a teacher. Around April 2010, the district Hulu Selangor had to held a mini selection (“Pilihanraya Kecil”) as the representative died; and as a school staff, I was roped in as one of The Election Commission of Malaysia’s staffs (“Pegawai Suruhanjaya Pilihanraya Malaysia”) – You guys can check the entry at : https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2010/04/25/hulu-selangor-mini-election-prk-p-94-serendah/.
Hahahaa..make the choice wisely. The Blue Balancer or The Green Moon? (,”)
It was that experience when I LEARNED my lesson. As a “Penunjuk Arah”, I had to welcome voters and assist those who are in dire needs or disabled. There was this one experience where I had to HOLD AN OLD MAN’S WATER/URINE INTRAVENOUS (IV) DRIP LINE as he was on a wheelchair; and also an elderly man who can’t even walk properly! At that moment, it struck to me that these old men were not in the most suitable state of health AND YET, there they were, being ADAMANT to fulfill their responsibilities!!!!!! And what me? The healthy and young one??? Ignorant???
To the voting centre at SK Jitra 3 y’all. Ayah & Mak were so quick.
I felt as if being slapped! I was ashamed. And on that very moment, I made a promise to myself to exercise my right and fulfill my obligation as a rightful Malaysian. So, last year on 2012 when I heard rumours that the Parliament would be dissolved; I quickly registered my voting point at Jitra, Kedah. And I am glad I did.
Yeah, the cost of coming back from Serendah, Hulu Selangor was no cheap (costing circa RM600!). And I flew via Air Asia since I don’t want to be traped in congested long queue in the highway. BUT, in the name of patriotism, I pay no heed. I am fulfilling the obligation – and travelling by air is more comfortable and relaxing; though I have to admit I can’t do this all the time! Hahaha! Once a while will do. (,”)
So, today; I went to the voting point with Ayah & Mak at SK Jitra 3. It was nearby the neighbourhood and I have to say I was a bit jealous and enthralled by the size and modern facilities equipped in the school! Well, what do you expect? It is a new school in comparison to the old SK Serendah! Anyway, did what I had to do (the queue was not long; in fact I was the fourth person in line! Perhaps because we went there early.) and it was all settled.
So, no matter who wins; no matter which parties run the country – please bear in mind. Hold dear the trusts that the Malaysians have given you; don’t abuse the power… or we will punish you in the next 5 years; and by that time; sayonara! Hahahha! All in all, it’s all for the better Malaysia. Amin! I love my country, Malaysia.
Exercised my voting right as eligible Malaysian! Amin! So glad and relieved.
Malaysia, my Motherland.