The time has come for Malaysians to make an important decision on May 9 in conjunction with the 14th General Elections (GE14). The outcome will not only affect us in the next five years but will also determine the fate of our country and the future generations.
As someone who had been previously involved and witnessed numerous elections, I would like to give my following sincere advice:
All eligible Malaysian voters must exercise their fundamental right to help decide the future of the country. It serves no purpose for anyone to whine in the aftermath as what the late American novelist Louis Dearborn L’Amour had once said: “To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.”
By now, most of Malaysians have already made up their mind on how to vote and who to vote for. However, before casting their ballot, they must give serious thought and make a wise and critical decision for the sake of the country and its future.
Vote someone who is effective, sincere, honest, dedicated and committed to serve his or her electorate.
Voters must look at the performance of all the aspiring candidates including those defending their seat.
An elected representative must play a dual role as a legislator as well as a public servant. He or she must address the issues of the nation in Parliament and also be prepared to serve the electorate.
Members of parliament and state assemblymen must give their commitment to their constituency and always make themselves available when needed.
Newly-elected MPs and assemblymen must consider to serve full time to do justice to their electorate.
Above all, I hope voters will choose candidates with integrity as it could help weed out corruption and power abuse. We should not tolerate corruption and allow it to aggravate in our society. We cannot be unconcerned and complacent about corruption because it attacks not only the economic and social fabric of society but also the moral foundations of order.
I hope the intense campaigning throughout the GE14 will not lead to bitterness and create lasting hatred and adverse effects on the people.
There is a long road ahead of our nation and regardless of which political party forms the next government, we should remain united because we share the same hopes, dreams and goals in a country we call home.
TAN SRI LEE LAM THYE
Former Member of Parliament