One of the things we have fought for before the last PRU was choice. We wanted a responsible, good decent government in Putrajaya with strong opposition in Parliament to keep those in government honest. We wanted a choice to decide who will lead us in government and who will lead us in opposition lest the one chosen by their respective parties prove to be unworthy of the leadership conferred upon them. We wanted politics without corruption. We wanted a government without corruption. We wanted corruption gone from our lives. We wanted race and religion consigned to where it should be: where it should not make an iota of difference to who we are in life and to what we have to do to earn a decent living. We wanted to be able to speak our minds on matters that concern us and do it without fear or favor but do it responsibly and with grace. And we desperately wanted to leave a future that would promise much and deliver hope for future generations that is to come after us – for our own children and for the children of others.
If truth be told, some of these things that we want for ourselves, we already have in our grasps. Some are still dreams yet to be fulfilled. What is true is simply this. You and I can make a difference to what Malaysia can be in the decades to come. What is now left is for us to decide how we can achieve the rest of our dreams for ourselves and for our country without losing what we already have. So think carefully my friends before you do anything for or against Mahathir, Anwar, Kit Siang, Umno, Pas, DAP, MIC, BN, PH or anything else that is on the horizon. The stakes are too high for all of us to make any mistakes or errors in judgment. Be prepared to listen and hear what others have to say. Consider all the possibilities and be prepared to change your thinking on issues that others may disagree with you for there is no shame in changing our mind if we are persuaded that others are right. And do all this with grace and goodwill for are we all not Malaysian?
Selamat Pagi Malaysia.