jump to navigation

And don’t call me ‘YB’ please March 10, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in "We can do better", Current Affairs, Democracy, Malaysia, Politics.
Tags: , , ,
143 comments

In our meeting last night, Anwar Ibrahim brought us down to earth.

First – we have to change this ‘bodek’ feudal culture of Umno. ‘Yang Berhormat’ or YB is only appropriate in the halls of the state assembly or Parliament. Do the Brits or Australians go around calling their MPs or state legislators ‘Right Honourable’ in public? Nope.

So please don’t call us YBs. It gives me a strange icky feeling if you do.

Two – any unreasonable perks will be slashed. There will not be any redecorations in our offices and we will use the vehicles bought earlier by the state government. Our salary will also be cut. We gotto cut those wasteful and unnecessary spending.

Tan Sri Khalid is gonna run this state like a corporation. We are expected to file quarterly reports like an good company. Expect some redundant committees and positions created to appease the Umno-aites to be erased. And yeah – no belly-dancing in those ‘lawatan sambil belajar’. It’s ‘belajar sambil bekerja’.

Three – we will be open to everyone in regards to suggestions and inputs. We want to be take stock of what is immediate and urgent. And please give us time. Fifty years of nonsense will take time to be rectified and corrected.

(GE12) THANK YOU!!!!!!! March 10, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in "We can do better", Current Affairs, Democracy, Malaysia, Politics.
Tags: , , ,
41 comments

First – my apologies as I wasn’t able to get online since Saturday. My sister’s internet was as usual dodgy and I wasn’t able to return home to my computer til this morning. The past 48 hours have been filled with meetings, discussions etc. I’m still sleeping less than 4 hours a day 😀 My phones keep dying on me and please do forgive me if you’ve not been able to reach me or if I’m not able to take your calls on time, or reply to your SMSs.
I’m still dazed. I don’t think the enormity of the people’s revolt has sunk in, especially with PKR, DAP and PAS now controlling two-thirds of Selangor State and PKR being the lead Opposition party in Parliament. My boss – Dr. Wan Azizah is going to be Head of Opposition 🙂 🙂

Thank you to all the brave and wonderful voters of Bukit Lanjan. The people have shown who are the real bosses and I am humbled by your zeal and commitment for change.

My special thanks to the following folks:- My family – especially my mother who came down all the way from Ipoh to support me, like making me sleep, making me swallow 5 vitamin pills each morning and for all those soups and herbal drinks; my boyfriend Hilmi who has been incredibly patient and supportive; Sivarasa, Anne and the Subang Parliament team who shared their labour, resources and Ops Centre; Brian who initially was only my wakil calon but he ended up multi-tasking; Latheefa, the de facto Campaign Manager whose yelling and butt-kicking was very necessary; Tian Chua who gave this newbie a lot of tips; my strategy/media team – Seng Kiat, Khai Loon, Yap, Alison; my leaflet Rambos of Puchong Saujana – Chee Keong, Lau, Bryan, Cheah; the bloggers including Youzi, Rockybru, JerryWho, Sammo (!); my other Rambo team – Hunter, Krishna and Haji Mahmud; the media who did make an effort to report on our campaign – Sin Chew, Nanyang, The Star, Sinar Harian and The Sun; Yvonne and her great team for the truck, banners and placards; the women’s groups – Cecelia, Maria, Oy Sim, Yock Lin etc; my old schoolmates, swimming team-mates, my super-generous donors who bought my idea that their donation was an investment on the future (!); designers Tze Yin, Bob, Moe Yin, Politea; my overworked printers Chee Chung and Jack; the SUARAM gang (yeah!!!!); Mogan and her PACAs, Bruno the head of Ops Centre, and many many more.

Without the help of the local residents, I wouldn’t not have been able to move in effectively in many areas – like Jit Lee, her husband, Darren, Aziz, the 3 ‘Dzuls’, Rao, Naran, Razak, the Bandar Utama residents, Sri Damansara Utama residents and many many more.

And I must also thank Saudara Anwar Ibrahim (yeah!). It is this man who blazed through our hearts and minds, and inspired the voters that we can change! This General Elections was in fact a vote of confidence for him.

If I’d left anyone out, which I’m sure I have, it is by accident and fatigue…

A new dawn is now upon us in Selangor.

We need your help and inputs. We need honest, committed residents to fill in the blanks and vacancies. There are many plans for change in the administration of the state. We now have the burden of carrying the people’s mandate to correct the past wrongs and make Selangor the model state. We have to deliver. And we have to do things differently — not the old BN ways. We are still undersieged by BN-UMNO and we need your continued involvement and participation to make things happen!

Now is not the time to be standing at the sides but the opportunity to be part of a truly incredible project is right before us.

Now let’s get to work!

(You can write to: bukitlanjan2008@gmail.com)

(GE12) Anwar’s Letter to Malaysia March 7, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in "We can do better", Current Affairs, Democracy, Human Rights, Note2Self, Politics, Race Relations.
Tags: , , , , , , ,
20 comments
Fellow Malaysians,

Assalamualaikum and warmest greetings,

The moment of truth is upon us. The 8th of March 2008 is the pivotal moment of our time – when the people of Malaysia have a choice between changing to a better, more wholesome Malaysia; or continuing to be trapped and shackled by 50 years of a chequered independence.

From day one on nomination day itself, fraud upon fraud has been the hallmark of Umno-BN, through their ever-willing puppet, the EC. The introduction of stamp duties, followed by its abrupt abolition; uneven campaigns and gangster-like threats towards opposition candidates; the EC’s admission that there are apparent 8, 666 votes above 100 years of age; un-secret postal votes; and most shockingly – the abolition of the use of indelible ink on the grounds of ‘public safety’.

These absurd frauds are clearly desperate attempts to maintain the rule of Umno-BN, even as they shiver in fear, seeing the readiness of the people to voice out their dissatisfaction across the length and breadth of the country. But what is truly sad is that it seems, from this endless series of trickery, that in the eyes of Umno-BN, the people of Malaysia are so easily manipulated and fooled with impunity.

That is what Umno-BN wants – for the people to shift their attention away from them, into a morass of deception and misplaced distrust. Dirty tactics are the order of the day, including the ‘import’ of phantom voters in certain areas, including Kelantan, Terengganu and not forgetting Pekan, Pahang. The opposition is blasted daily in the mainstream media, with barely an opportunity to respond to the allegations. I myself, supposedly ‘irrelevant’ in the arena of Malaysian politics, have been attacked mercilessly day in and day out with an array of libellous accusations. Ironically though, thousands seem to attend Opposition talks without ever needing the incentives of money or ‘entertainment’.

From North to South, I am glad to say that we have made the best out of our 13 days of opportunity. Alhamdulillah, I have been privileged enough to witness the people of Malaysia rise up across the country. Far from being a marginal struggle, this is a struggle for all our people, who have long wished to free themselves from the tyranny of UMNO-BN! The response given to our KeADILan candidates, as well as our comrades from PAS and DAP, has been nothing short of phenomenal, while Umno-BN looks increasingly desperate by the day. Even with their complete control of the mainstream media, they continue to be on the defensive – rather than engage with our manifestos, they have only managed to attack us blindly, stabbing in the dark with no real rhyme or reason.

My dear brothers and sisters,

Each and every Malaysian has the right to an opportunity for a better life. Malaysia has tremendous potential, but it has been worn down and suppressed by the vile political games of Umno-BN, who continue to poison our minds and bind our potential with narrow racial sentiments and the all-destroying ooze of corruption. The judiciary has become the marketplace of gambling kings; crime is endemic, with rape, snatch theft and murder all on the rise. The police have been taken away from their positions as guardians of public safety, and shunted instead to the useless surveillance of opposition figures. Inflation is spiralling out of control, even as wages shrink; and the people just keep on suffering. And what does BN tell us? That we should be thankful for what we have.

What you need to do on the 8th of March 2008 is to have the courage to change. KeADILan’s commitment is clear. The victory that you grant to us will translate into reduced petrol prices, a lid on inflation, a more sustained and credible effort at tackling crime, free education for all; and a government that is fair and just to all its people, regardles of race and religion.

KeADILan has given you a Manifesto titled A New Hope for Malaysia, which strikes at the heart of the basic problems that the average Malaysian faces today, and offers you solutions for tomorrow. The hope that KeADILan promises shall be realised by each and every one of our candidates, coming as they do to you from all sorts of different backgrounds, united by their shared credibility and calibre of the very highest degree.

KeADILan, PAS and DAP have played their roles in saving Malaysia from its current course of self-destruction, fanned by the greed and lust of the Umno-BN leadership and the gamblers of the nation’s future. Now, it is your time to make a choice. All our hopes and dreams for the nation are now but a step away from being realised – it is in your hands, as a citizen of Malaysia, endowed with dignity and the freedom of choice.

I firmly believe that the people of Malaysia are a mature and wise people, and I am confident that that wisdom will be translated into votes for KeADILan, PAS and DAP come this 8th of March 2008, in the name of saving our beloved Malaysia.

It is now time for Malaysia to tread the path towards a new future, armed with a New Hope, great and bright in its promise of glory. The choice is in your hands. And in God we trust.

I wish you all the very best, as you fulfil your civic duty tomorrow in bringing about a better Malaysia for all.

ANWAR IBRAHIM

Ceramah @ Bandar Sri Damansara Utara March 7, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Malaysia, Politics.
Tags: , , , ,
1 comment so far

Ceramah on Wednesday night at Bandar Sri Damansara Utara.

eli1.jpg

eli2.jpg

With Teresa Kok who was kind enough to drop in and lend her support to R. Sivarasa and I.

(GE12) Vote for ‘cleaner’ Selangor, says PKR March 7, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Malaysia, Politics.
Tags: , , ,
1 comment so far

Vote for ‘cleaner’ Selangor, says PKR
Fauwaz Abdul Aziz | Mar 6, 08 5:44pm

PKR Selangor candidates today urged voters to come out in full force on polling day Saturday to issue a ‘no confidence’ vote against the ‘abuses’ of Menteri Besar Dr Mohd Khir Toyo.

Citing a litany of scandals pertaining to development projects, perks given to state government officials, former Kelang assemblyperson Zakria Mohd Deros, and the Broga and Ijok incinerator projects, they said a vote for Khir would be a vote to further “weaken the Selangor state”.

“We call on all Selangor voters to choose wisely. A vote for Khir would weaken the Selangor state,”said PKR Selangor deputy chief Yaakob Sapari at a press conference in Petaling Jaya.

(more…)

Selangor vs. Singapore March 4, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Malaysia, Politics.
Tags: , , , ,
11 comments

A well-written letter in Malaysiakini yesterday.

Selangor vs Singapore?
Benjamin Tan | Mar 3, 08 4:29pm

I read with great interest when Selangor Menteri Besar Mohd Khir Toyo recently commented that Selangor is in a position to compete with our southern neighbour, Singapore. He said that in a few years times, the country’s so-called ‘most developed state’ would be in par with the city state of Singapore. Anyone reading his comments should take it with a pinch of salt and I hope this will not be another reason for fellow Singaporeans to laugh at us kampung boys again.I am sorry to inform Khir Toyo that as time passes, the gap between the city state and Selangor will only widen, and there is no way that Selangor could play catch up with Singapore if it continues to be ruled by the same kind of people who have failed Selangor (in this case), and the nation since our independence. The fact that there is a need to make comparison with Singapore, is also testimonial that Selangor has failed under his leadership.

(more…)

(GE12) N.37 Bukit Lanjan (Selangor) February 24, 2008

Posted by elizabethwong in Current Affairs, Democracy, Malaysia, Politics.
Tags: , , ,
44 comments

On Saturday afternoon, the official letter from KeADILan was issued.
Yes, I am a candidate 🙂
My opponent is the incumbent Datin Paduka Yong. This won’t be an easy battle.

****************

Running around, meeting residents and volunteers, public speaking (sometimes spontaneous), fundraising, filling up forms, getting freaked out by new overnight regulations, wanting to slap the Elections Commission (who can give 2 different answers to the same question), not having enough time to eat, missing my kitten, missing my boyfriend even more, having phones depleted in a matter of a couple of hours, car breaking down, receiving a call from my high school friend who’s gotten 20 lawyers to join KeADILan ….

And today’s just Nomination Day!

😀

Write to <bukitlanjan2008@gmail.com>.
See also HarapanMalaysia.com