A lawyer chronicles her adventures as a political campaigner for Parti Keadilan Rakyat in the upcoming Hulu-Selangor by-election.
(Day 4): Restless & Ruminating (LB Note: Link updated – 2.00p.m. Apr 23, 2010)
Day 6: Of Hand Kissing and Drinking
I am sure those who want updates on the upcoming by-elections would be able to obtain it from other web-portals, as I have skipped making a trip down to our favourite town of the week. The thought of getting only 4 hours of sleep again was probably the largest part in my decision.
At the moment the media is filled with trashy news, like Zaid Ibrahim’s drinking and gambling habit, P. Kamalanathan’s hand kissing stunt, and more.
The fight for change sounds all-inspiring and noble. The struggle Mahatma Gandhi had to endure are now only described by words and assisted by individual imaginations. Aung San Suu Kyi’s restricted freedom is channelled by the media, but can only be seen in our limited minds. Datin Seri Wan Azizah’s struggle for her husband is a never-ending fight for her. I cannot even imagine what she had to go through, (and is still going through) under the scrutiny of her party, the media, and the country. She was forced into politics when she had only wanted to be a good mother and wife. Ah well, they’re just words to you and me – actually having to experience it is an entirely different ball game altogether.
Therefore it is not surprising at all that P. Kamalanathan had lost his cool when probed continuously on his hand kissing stunt. I don’t blame him. Someone like him who has the prime minister supporting his campaign can lose his cool, what more someone from the opposition party or an independent? Even Khairy lost his cool and he is not even in the race!
Zaid had only calmly admitted or denied claims against him, which can only be seen as transparently sincere. Whatever doubts I had of his attributes when he joined PKR at first are slowly fading. There is nothing but respect to have for hi when he admits his “mistakes” and is not defensive of the criticisms that have been thrown at him from all angles.
The point he is trying to get across is one that is simple and basic – that despite his personal ways, he is more than capable to bring about change for Hulu Selangorians. The mandate obviously lies with the voters and he has to show them how sincere he is. Whether he drank before or gambled before has absolutely no bearing as to whether he is able to highlight that the Tamil school needs electricity!
People have told me that I am easily swayed. I had only sung praises of Tok Guru Nik Aziz when he gave RM100 from his pocket to the Metro Tabernacle Church after it was flamed. However, there is really no point living life with skepticism and negativity.
Even if we win this by-election, the fight for change never ends. What is worth the fight is the knowledge that when you have reached your goal – you know you have made a difference.
LoyarBurok Note: Read more from Eunice at her blog.