• Melissa Kartini

1 Month Since Our New Malaysia. How Has It Been?

Updated: Jun 13, 2018


It has been a month since the historic GE14. Although the atmosphere has calmed, the air in Malaysia is still alive with hope and expectations for a brighter future.


To think that just a month ago, Malaysia was still under the rule of a 6-decade old government. The shock of the election results was palpable, but it was proof of something that Malaysians had long thought impossible.


But whether they supported the then Government or the then Opposition, their love for their country was clear. With their desire to ensure the future of their country, Malaysians worked together in a cause they believed in, to the point that they created a moment that will go down in our history books!


For they not only voted, but they encouraged and helped other Malaysians to vote as well, regardless of the party they supported. Groups like Pulang Mengundi, CarpoolGE14 and UndiRabu had been created to help fellow Malaysians within the country, whilst overseas Malaysians liaised with a group of volunteers who offered to hand-carry the votes all the way back home!


Talk about incredible.


The result? GE14 isn’t only a historical moment for Malaysia. From that day onwards, Malaysia now serves as a beacon of hope and example of peaceful change to the rest of the world.


And not unlike other Malaysians, social media influencers have had a hand in this change as well.


Today, we’ll speak to a few high-profile influencers for their thoughts on GE14 and the part they played in it.


Timothy Tiah
, Co-Founder of Nuffnang’s parent company, Netccentric

Image as seen on Instagram


1. It has been a month since the monumental GE14. How do you feel? And do you feel anything has changed in Malaysia?


Yes. I feel like people have become even more proud to be Malaysians. Everywhere we go, we overhear people talking about politics. There's a lot of interest in politics now down to the layman and it’s wonderful to see the media becoming more open even though the laws haven't technically changed yet.


2. As someone with influence online, do you think it is important to use that influence to remind your followers about the importance of voting, generating change, volunteering during general elections?


I've been open on my social media platforms about which party and causes I support. I've posted updates at the Bersih rally or at Pakatan ceramahs, but I've not gone to the extent of asking everyone to vote, to be honest.


3. Did you participate in GE13 in any way? Has GE14 been any different to you?


Yes, I voted in GE13 and made some donations. In GE14, I voted and also sponsored some Pulang Mengundi buses to help people go back to vote.


4. What are your thoughts on the importance of voting during general elections?


I think it’s important and people feel strongly about everyone voting because voting is the kind of thing where someone's inaction can negate another's action.


Careen Tan

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1. It has been a month since the monumental GE14. How do you feel? And do you feel anything has changed in Malaysia?


It still feels surreal that we’re having a New Malaysia now. It has only been one month but so many changes have taken place so far! Catching up with the changes and news every single day has become challenging as there’s just so much going on, but all for the betterment of the country. Still excited for the potential future of our country!


2. As someone with influence online, do you think it is important to use that influence to remind your followers about the importance of voting, generating change, volunteering during general elections?


Personally, I feel that everyone, influencer or not, has the responsibility to practice their right to vote, and to use their voices big or small to effect change. If you are someone with a platform that can influence a bigger audience, your words are a lot more powerful and would generate a bigger impact for good.


To me, an influencer is more than someone who pushes campaigns and products on their social media platforms, but someone who is able to influence their following towards a change in lifestyle, perception and actions.


However, I, too believe that nobody should be pressured into doing something they do not believe in. If they have no interest or views in politics and genuinely does not see the need to vote, we have no right to condemn that person. It is our right to vote, but it is also their right not to vote. At the end of the day, we should all remember that mutual Respect is key in effecting positive change.


3. Did you participate in GE13 in any way? Has GE14 been any different to you?


Yes, I must say I was a lot more vocal and updated with the news during GE13, as it was my first time voting and I had my hopes up towards change. However, that did not happen due to gerrymandering which left me deeply disappointed and had all my hopes for the country crushed. It wasn’t until a few weeks before GE14 that I started picking up on the updates again.


Still, I did not have my hopes up this time as I was afraid of being disappointed again. But I still knew that I needed to vote, as it is my responsibility. I secretly wished for change to happen, but I did not expect anything. So you can imagine my shock when it finally did happen. I was dumbfounded and had to pinch myself that we’re indeed living in a new Malaysia! Feeling proud to be able to experience this history-making moment in my lifetime.


4. What are your thoughts on the importance of voting during general elections?


To me, it is our responsibility to exercise our right to vote as citizens of this country. But there are still many who are not aware of this importance, so it is our responsibility to help them see it, and hopefully there will be more registered voters who would cast their votes in the upcoming election.


KY Speaks

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1. It has been a month since the monumental GE14. How do you feel? And do you feel anything has changed in Malaysia?


Biggest welcoming change is press freedom and greater transparency in governance. I’m eager to see how the new administration is going to balance our books and bring about more positive changes to the country.


2. As someone with influence online, do you think it is important to use that influence to remind your followers about the importance of voting, generating change, volunteering during general elections?


Yes, we should do our part to remind people to exercise their obligations in this democracy.


3. Did you participate in GE13 in any way? Has GE14 been any different to you?


I voted in GE13 and did the same in GE14. In fact, I wrote an entry on GE13

back in 2013. For GE14, the message was shared via Instagram and Facebook.


4. What are your thoughts on the importance of voting during general elections?


EVERYONE NEEDS TO GO OUT AND VOTE!


KampungBoyCityGirl

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1. It has been a month since the monumental GE14. How do you feel? And do you feel anything has changed in Malaysia?


I’m feeling positive and hopeful again as we get to witness a peaceful change of government and transition of power post-GE14. I’m also looking forward to a better government and for PH to deliver on their promises. At the same time, momentous changes are taking place on a daily basis since then, mostly on a macro level. On the ground, it is heartwarming to see the Malaysians’ patriotic spirit in full action and there’s definitely a higher political awareness among Malaysians now.


2. As someone with influence online, do you think it is important to use that influence to remind your followers about the importance of voting, generating change, volunteering during general elections?


Yes, definitely. It is a time when we can use our influence for good by encouraging our followers to fulfill their civic responsibilities. It is also alarming to note that 67% of the 3.8 million unregistered voters are made up of those within the age range of 21 to 30 years old. There’s no one to blame but we can definitely play a small part in educating them.


3. Did you participate in GE13 in any way? Has GE14 been any different to you?


I voted in GE13 with high hopes for change. Even though GE14 saw a lower turnout, the spirit was definitely stronger. We could see voters queueing up as early as 7am, and many of my friends and relatives were registered as PACAs for this round.


4. What are your thoughts on the importance of voting during general elections?


Voting is an important right for every Malaysian. By voting, you are making your voice heard and registering your opinion on how you think the government should operate. So, stop complaining if you are not voting.


Ernest Ng

Image as seen on Facebook


1. It has been a month since the monumental GE14. How do you feel? And do you feel anything has changed in Malaysia?


It feels exciting. Changes so far have been swift and the new government seems to really keep up with the people’s expectations.


2. As someone with influence online, do you think it is important to use that influence to remind your followers about the importance of voting, generating change, volunteering during general elections?


It is important as people should always be reminded and encouraged to be better citizens of Malaysia.


3. Did you participate in GE13 in any way? Has GE14 been any different to you?


I voted in GE13 and GE14. Pretty much the same experience for both.


4. What are your thoughts on the importance of voting during general elections?


Letting your voice be heard and steering the country in the direction that you want.


Written by Crunch's Melissa Kartini

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