The enthusiasm with which some Singaporeans, incl. some ‘opposition’ politicians, have taken to the recent controversial General Election in Malaysia, strikes me as a little weird.
Constant reporting and updating of election-related postings in their Facebook and blogs. Sharing of wild rumours and unsubstantiated allegations during the campaign period. Decrying the official results of the polls. Changing their profile pictures to all-black to reflect their feelings that the election was unfair. Live-streaming of the post-election rally by PKR. And now even organising a ‘Singaporeans in Solidarity with Malaysians’ protest at Hong Lim Park to show they sympathise with Malaysians angered by the poll results.
All to what end? I don’t get it.
First, it’s not our country, what happens in Malaysia doesn’t affect Singapore. Malaysia has its own problems, we have ours.
Second, Malaysia is not the only country where there are claims of electoral fraud. What about Thailand for example? Indonesia? Philippines? Or even Afghanistan or Iraq? Why no interest or protest over their electoral issues?
Third, what do these people really hope to achieve with all their posts, all their protests? To bring down the Govt of Malaysia? To get more people concerned about this issue? Or to somehow link what BN allegedly did to what could happen in Singapore? That would be dangerous ground to tread indeed.
While it is perfectly understandable for people to commiserate with their Malaysian friends, share juicy gossip and even spread wild rumours, I don’t see any reason for Singaporeans to protest what happened in Malaysia or try to link it to how Singapore conducts elections.
Malaysians will have to decide if they accept the legitimacy of the Najib Govt. If they do, so be it. If they don’t, that’s also their call.
What is clear from history is that one cannot go against the people. Cheating merely delays the inevitable. It happened to Marcos. It happened to Thaksin. If Najib has really lost the confidence of the people of Malaysia, his day of reckoning will surely come.