I promised that this site will remain a neutral in terms of politics and I will keep to that promise. This post is not to persuade you to vote for this party or that party.
Rather this post is to persuade those of you who are registered native (not from other countries say Bangladesh/ Myanmar/ Philippines for example) Malaysians to go out and exercise your right to vote.
What is democracy?
Simply put democracy is “rule of the people” not rule of a certain party over the people. We get to decide who we want in the government. We are the boss. The politicians are our employees.
In Malaysia this is accomplished through elections where candidates are elected by the citizens to become Member of Parliament or MP in the Dewan Rakyat and the party (or in GE13 the coalition ie. PR or BN) with the majority forms the government. There are 222 seats up in the Dewan Rakyat for grabs in GE13 so the coalition with 112 or more MPs wins. Each Malaysian voter get a vote for their MP who will represent their constituency.
Each state in Malaysia (excluding the federal territories of KL, Putrajaya and Labuan of course) has a State Legislative Assembly or Dewan Undangan Negeri who are also elected by the rakyat. State governments are led by Chief Ministers, who are state assembly members from the majority party in the assembly. Therefore those of you not in the federal territories get to vote for them as well, meaning that you have two (2) votes in total. Your vote for both does NOT have to be for the same party.
It is your privilege and responsibility as a Malaysian citizen* to vote for who/ which party you think will best steer the country.
*registered and legal voters only
I’m a first time voter, how do I vote?
Check your constituency and polling station here – www.spr.gov.my
You can even print out your info to help you remember your polling station and stream.
At the centre your finger will be marked with indelible ink after you have reached the counter and just before you are handed the voting slip(s). Do NOT let anyone mark your finger before that as you will be barred from voting.
Remember to cross “X” in the box right next to the candidate/party that you WANT.
Voting hours are from 8.00am to 5.00pm on 5 May 2013.
Full instructions and info at www.spr.gov.my
Who should you vote for?
Vote for the candidate and party that you think will best manage the country. Ask yourself some questions:
Which party’s policies and promises will benefit me, my children and the country in the long run?
Does the country need change and reform economically, politically and socially?
Which party’s policies will make the country decadent and stunted? Which will ensure progress and growth?
Which party takes security and crime seriously and will take steps to improve safety in Malaysia?
Do take into account the party’s manifesto, track record, while keeping an open mind that the Pakatan Rakyat coalition has never governed Malaysia although they have been able to govern four (4) states (Note: there are very limited powers that a state government has as most policies are made by the federal government).
Here are the PR and BN manifestos:
Pakatan Rakyat’s manifesto – http://www.pakatanrakyat.my/files/ENG-Manifesto-BOOK.pdf
Barisan National’s manifesto – http://manifestopru13.com/bahasainggeris.php
So remember – YOUR VOTE COUNTS! VOTE WISELY!