c/o chuen seng teoh
Today is election day back home in Malaysia. Since Independence Day back in 1957, this is the 14th time we are at the polls. For 61 years, our democratic country was run by a single party. Things back home haven’t been great lately and the war cry for change have been growing ever louder.
As I am driving into dusk along the Polish countryside, news just came through that change is finally a reality. For the first time in Malaysia’s history, we will have a different party forming the federal government.
The vote counting continues but the result is sealed. Tomorrow, my fellow countryman will wake up to yet another Thursday however it will be a special one for us. It is a new dawn. This feels surreal to me now but I am especially proud and gratefulthat my Dad and my elders were able to witness this historic event in their lifetime.
I don’t know what to hope for specifically with this change but I am hopeful for Malaysia’s future. Hopeful on the fact that no matter what happens, we have prooved that if we band together, nothing can stop us.
Hope is a gift you don’t have to surrender, a power you don’t have to throw away.
– Rebecca Solnit
So here’s to you my fellow Malaysians. Selamat Hari Merdeka 2.0. See you back home, soon.