Vivegavalen Vadi Valu has a few words to the undecided voters.
To the undecided silent majority,
“… then they came for me; and there was no one left to speak for me.”
Martin Niemoller’s words resonate strong within me as I pen this message to you, my friend. We have for so long lived as a single entity, focusing on worldly pleasures and naught else that we have begun to subconsciously shun the problems of others with indifference, the common reasoning ‘it does not affect me or my loved ones’ often used to placate our underlying guilt for inaction.
Truth be told, I cannot assure you that in our lifetime we will be blessed to witness the promised land, and I certainly cannot assure you that come 5th of May, all our problems will disappear in the blink of an eye. However, what I can assure you is that your voice and your vote will make a difference and mean so much more to those who are not as fortuitous as us. I sit here with you today with the conviction that that when our time comes, every drop of tear shed will be a testimony to how we have lived our lives.
Hemingway once said that the fight for potential survival is better than accepting decadence and undignified death. If ever should you falter in your fight for a better Malaysia, if ever should you lose hope that tomorrow will not bring the change you seek, look towards our children for the will to carry on; look into their eyes and you will see hopes and dreams blinded by race or religion.
As the hour of reckoning beckons, your time has come to be heard, to make a difference, and most importantly, to stand for something much greater than you and me. For you see, never in 56 years have the winds carried whispers of change and hope so strong that the very foundation of the tree as old shakes. A long-lost dream envisaged by our forefathers once more has the chance to see light.
There will come a time when the generation of our children look back and ask us, “Where were you when it happened?” My hope for you is that when such a time arrives, you will be able to answer with conviction that you stood beside 12 million other Malaysians –Malaysians who together pledged ‘negaraku tanah tumpahnya darahku’ and cast their vote, with it once more bequeathing this country we all call home its independence.
A Malaysian Who Believes.