Friday, March 14, 2008

POLITICAL MUSINGS OF A 28 YEAR OLD or HOW I CHOSE TO CELEBRATE MY 28th BIRTHDAY

"Politics is for old people..." Well, lets say it was what I used to think right until 2006 when I started 'seeing the light from a different angle'

So, last Saturday (which was co-incidently my birthday, though I daresay it has been my birthday for the past 27 years, and it has only been the polling day this one time - except if there was any other time in the past when polling day was held on the same day, but which I wasn't aware of, then sorry. Ok now I've confused myself... but what I wanted to say was, I think I should have said that it was my birthday, and co-incidently polling day was on the same day) witnessed Malaysia's 12th GE.

Instead of having a birthday bash (which I usually don't except for the time I was one, and that too because I was forced to - didn't know how to say 'no' back then... hehehe) I sat at home in front of my crazy laptop and hit the refresh button like a hundred million times. I didn't even want to have dinner. As one of my work buddies put it "Yeah, real cool! Like watching horse racing" Although I've never indulged in watching horse racing ever, I coulnd't agree more. It was one of the most exciting things ever, and I guess it's partly due to the fact that my vote was counted! (I did vote the previous time, because I was forced to register as a voter as soon as I hit 21 by my very conscientious father, but I didn't care about the results that time!)

Now at the same time, if I had relied on the tv for the results, I might have slept off in front of the tv, like one of my friends did. They were hopelessly slow (most probably waiting for their version of good news!) But then again, I was awake until 5 am, just waiting for the official results (because you couldn't possibly sleep through a horse race not knowing whether the dappled grey horse came in the first of was the it the lovely brown horse with big beautiful eyes and a star at the side)

The results are obviously exciting. The people have decided to try the new flavour (not so new because it has been around for a bit) and are not the least bit afraid. The silent majority has made its voice heard. As for the shock (and maybe humiliation) suffered by some parties... I guess the only thing I can say is that they perhaps took the phrase "Ignorance is bliss" a tad too seriously!

(Yes, I know this is old news... everyone else I know who blogs put up their posts on Sunday itself)

8 comments:

  1. Nothing is old terra:) I also sat in front of my laptop and doing the same thing. Malaysiakini was good in giving us the update though..unlike the TV:)
    It muz have been a memorable birthday for you as that was the day BN was kicked!:)

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  2. Happy late b'day, Terra :)

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  3. It's great to see you so excited about elections and the results, and to be pleased by what you've helped achieve.

    Good for you!

    And Happy birthday!

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  4. vivek: you bet! malaysiakini was amazing with the results, and so was that facebook group... (deny 2/3)

    orhan: thank you :)

    travis: hehehe... I actually can't believe myself either... I guess it shows that despite the complaints we have about our respective countries, we still love them enough to want to make a change :)

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  5. Happy Birthday.

    Only time will tell if this was a blow to the notion of Collective Oligarchy or a true change for the better.

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  6. Thank you...

    Well, they've been given the next 5years to prove themselves. Hopefully they don't disappoint the people :)

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  7. I missed your b'day. :-(
    Hope you had a great one.

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  8. Hey Julia,

    It's been awhile, anyway thanks :)

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