is it wrong to vote for a candidate of a political party which is part of the opposition? after all, it’s the ruling coalition that has the resources to make things happen, to build infrastructure, to allocate teachers to schools, to pay civil servants. it’s the ruling coalition that also has the ability to withdraw all assistance and make life difficult for you. is it wrong to, in a way, bite the hand that feeds you?
but is it also wrong to see the bigger picture, look beyond bread-and-butter issues, and want change in the judicial system, in homeland security, in welfare, in healthcare? is it wrong to decide to use your vote to voice your dissatisfaction about how the country in general is run? that you think there are larger things out there besides the everyday provision you need for your family? to sacrifice some of that for the “greater good”?
i don’t know how things in sibu are gonna be like now. there is a deafening silence from the top guns of the country and those who decided to give change a chance are perhaps currently trembling in anticipation of the response from putrajaya.
maybe there won’t even be a significant change – to be honest, i have not noticed any drastic improvements since my state changed hands 2 years ago (or maybe i’m just blind). or things may turn for the worse as our leaders choose to ignore the loss and thus ignore sibu. or history may be made during the state elections. i don’t know.
sometimes i wish i could spend all my time reading and writing about these things instead of touching and going and not knowing anything at all. because i do want to know. it’s far more interesting than tracing my patients’ investigation results. sigh.