Malaysia’s 14th general election: The voters’ responsibility

Posted: April 12, 2018 in Uncategorized

السلا م عليكم ورحمة الله وبركا ته

The Malaysian parliament has been dissolved recently and the general election is coming up very soon. I am not going to write on the ‘righteousness’ of any party nor will I talk about the scandals. You can find those stuffs from other sites. I am more interested in talking about the voters.

I do not know why most voters are very concerned about the party that they are going to choose and do not put much emphasis on the candidates themselves? Personally, I would look at the candidates’ track record, their intellect/idea, and their lifestyle. These attributes can tell a lot about a person. A candidate’s track record is a good indicator if he/she is reliable and has integrity. The intellect (ie: ideas spouted from their mouth or their detailed education background) shows us the candidate’s capability in governance. And the lifestyle reveals the candidate’s true nature whether he/she is really a sincere hard worker or just a damn good actor/actress.

I know many youths these days are fed up with the old politicians’ dramas. They promise the Everest but gave Bukit Mertajam when they’re in power (federal and state alike). They talk bad about each other and they have never really put themselves in the shoes of average Malaysians who are struggling just to get by (excepting few young politicians I have seen..at least from my perception). So their heated bashings of their opponents and enchanting promises in their many ‘ceramahs‘ really have no weight.

To me, it really does not matter which party wins. If the people we chose have no integrity and do not care about the ‘rakyat‘, the same crap we have seen thus far will continue on and on and on. The same result where few politicians gain, and the whole country lose will still happen! That’s why here I am proposing all young voters to choose based on your thorough research on the candidates who are contending for the member of parliament and local state assemblyman seats. The candidates could be from any party as long as they have the conscious of people who want what is best for the country. Malaysia will inshaAllah leap forward!

I hope the hadeeth I’m quoting below will encourage young voters (old voters are lost cause..no point in convincing them), especially, to do your part in researching and choosing the best candidates:

Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Years of treachery will come over people in which liars are believed and the truthful are denied, the deceitful are trusted and the trustworthy are considered traitors, and the al-Ruwaybaḍah will deliver speeches.” It was said, “Who are the al-Ruwaybaḍah?” The Prophet said, “Petty men with authority over the common people.” (Sunan Ibn Mājah 4036)

So choose your leader wisely. Do not be deceived by the promises or basing your judgment on the party but look closely at the candidates who are contending.

And finally, to the candidates, I hope the hadeeth below will encourage you to be upright.

Abu Huraira reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Verily, you will earnestly desire a position of leadership but you will regret it on the Day of Resurrection.” (Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 6729)

May Allah guides us to what is best for our worldly and hereafter life, Ameen.

Good luck to all candidates, and to all voters, VOTE!

السلا م عليكم ورحمة الله وبركا ته

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