All Blacks, I meant New Zealand All Blacks may be my favourite team of my favourite game, rugby, but Black 505 is surely not my theme. Don’t get me wrong. Before some of you go ballistic and scream blue murder, let me say I am a rugby player and fan, I am also pro-Rakyat, and at this juncture pro-PR, and I was passionately involved in rugby during my younger days as now in both PACA and Bersih Pemantau. I walked the talk, and so earned my right to talk, and know what to talk, so can now talk.
When the clarion call to gather at Kelana Jaya Stadium was resounded deafeningly, many asked me whether I was going to pack my Bersih Kit (salt, water & towel), tie my bandana and jump onto the next available bus en route to Kelana Jaya. To jump into the fray one more time as they were very eager to attend and make the stand, and most were hoping for some action and experience being tear-gassed, I guessed.
Yes, it would definitely be exciting, electrifying and exhilarating to stand together with thousands, hundreds of thousands, for a noble cause. I was there at Bersih 3.0 or 428 when we faced off tyranny. And we were tear-gassed by the very people who swore an oath to protect us. I was there too at HKR112. However, this time around my heart just said no. Ergo, to their surprise, I said no, not this time, and please allow me to explain. No, I was no coward.
Politics, like any adversarial and competitive arenas in life like sports, litigations, businesses and even battles, have a certain set of rules of engagement that must be observed by all contestants. Victory would only be honourably sweet and gloriously celebrated if contestants played by the rules, and win. Otherwise, the victory would ring hollow, debased. Malaysia’s GE13 was no exception.
Now, you know why I preferred rugby to the most popular soccer. Rugby no doubt is a very physical and violent sport, a hooligan’s sport many would say, but it is always played by gentlemen and always by the rules. Victory hard won is more exhilarating and surely more honourable and glorious, and injuries, if any, are few and far between. Rugby men are civilised gentlemen.
GE13 results have been officially announced, and the incumbent BN has been declared the victor, winning 133 out of 222 Parliamentary seats on the back of 47.38% popular votes. In reality, BN actually lost much ground by the number of seats and popular votes. But for the “mis-apportionment of constituencies” or gerrymandering, under the one man one vote proportional representation system, BN should have been relegated as the opposition whilst PR declared the victor by securing 50.87% of the popular votes. The much anticipated “UBAH” victory was just the bridge too far.
BN’s victory, albeit rather bitter and hollow, was still a victory no doubt. Gerrymandering however unfair and inequitable is not fraud. It is part of the rules of engagements which cuts both ways for both candidates. Clearly, PR, more specifically PKR and PAS, have failed to win in those smaller constituencies. By crying electoral fraud, PR has lost the moral high ground, and was seen as a sore loser. I may be too idealistic for there may be no moral high ground in politics, in the first place. Sigh. Anyhow, accusing the Chinese for the “Tsunami”, more like a ripple, BN on the other hand was seen as a sore winner. Again, I may be too idealistic for Najib was just looking for a convenient bogeyman, political misdirection, uttered for UMNO’s gallery. Sigh.
Bersih stands for a clean, fair and free election. Bersih fights to stir the conscience of the populace. Bersih champions her noble cause to awaken and empower the populace. Bersih battles to convince the hearts and minds of the populace. Bersih is not politics but about the rules of engagement in politics.
Hence, allegations of electoral fraud should be channelled through the appropriate institutions, i.e. Courts of Law. However, tainted they may be or perceived to be such, those institutions are all we have at the moment. Street rallies or demonstrations, even in a stadium, albeit have been Bersih’s ways but not the way to go this time around.
Strategically, such rallies are doomed to fail, as momentum fizzles out quickly, message lost, incurring only public condemnations at the end. Once again, I may be too idealistic about Bersih or innocently too trusting on system to work. Anyhow, that was basically why I decided not to attend Black 505 at Kelana Jaya Stadium. We are better men, aren’t we?
We have fought a good fight, almost. We did indeed fight passionately for the hearts and minds of our fellow Malaysians. We fought despite overwhelming onslaught. We fought hard on all fronts. We fought feverishly against temptations of mammon. We fought steadfastly for a cause, a noble one. We fought for a better Malaysia, for all Malaysians regardless of race, religion, language or status. We fought against corruption, racism and bigotry. We did send BN endorsed Perkasa infamous racist and bigot twin candidates into the foul abyss of political oblivion. We did echo a resounding no to money politics and Penang Pesta Galore did come to a nought.
We have finished the race, almost. We have been awakened. We have been empowered. We came home and out in droves to vote, over 84% mind you. We have already sent the message to those who walk on the corridors of power, deafeningly loud and crystal clear. Not “Chinese Tsunami” or “Malay Greed” or DAP’s lie, bollocks. Neither sorcery nor boggarts, but just plain money politics and gerrymandering. BN’s victory was neither ethically right nor morally sweet. And please spare us your stupid racial misdirection, for we are no longer stupid, no longer fearful, we are truly Malaysians.
We have kept our faith, almost. We have got to keep our faith in the sanctity of Constitution. We have got to keep our faith in the reformation of the System of Government, the reinstatement of the checks and balance amongst the four pillars of Government, the Agong, the Executive, the Parliament and the Judiciary. We have got to keep our faith that our angry song will not be silenced, anymore. Our angry song will be heeded, surely.
We have not wavered. We must not waver. We will overcome. We will most definitely prevail one day. GE13 is already over. Politics should be put on the backburner. It is time for our country to move on, our nation to heal, to reconcile, to unite and to forge ahead, and together to build a better future for all Malaysians.
Viva Malaysians. Viva Malaysia.