Yes, and they have every reason to celebrate and rejoice. And it bothers me.

Not that it’s not good that the Opposition is becoming stronger, they’ll provide a better check-and-balance system to the ruling coalition, among others. So, it’s not the fact that the Opposition wins a lot of seats that bothers me. I don’t generally take sides in this matter. It’s the probable outcome of this event that bothers me.

To start with, the Federal Government will have a fair mix of the ruling coalition and the opposition. Although this means that they’ll be better check-and-balance, decisions will take more time to arrive at. There will be longer debates, so decisions could not be done quickly, projects could not be implemented as soon as they were before. And that’s not the worst part of it. The Parliament will now be polarised. On the ruling coalition, there are generally made up of Malays and in the Opposition part, non-malays. Previously, the ruling coalition have a fair mix of malays and non-malays, so they don’t usually fight with each other but cooperate, give and take. Now that the Parliament is already polarised, there’ll be much more debates and arguments between the two, and the worst-case scenario of the outcome is terrifying to even imagine. Yes, the National Coalition still hold the Government, but they do so with simple majority instead of two-third majority. This will definitely results in a weaker Government with weaker support from the people. And for a multi-racial country like ours, a weaker Government is surely not a good prospect to look at.

Apart from that, the Opposition wins 5 states, including my own state Perak. They’ll form a new government. Okay, I’m fine with that. No issues against the Opposition. I repeat again, I don’t generally take side. What worries me is that they have little if at all experience in running a state government. So, when they first come into power as the state government, they’ll be a lot of experimenting. Instability will surely creep up. Protected state resources such as lush rainforests may even be cleared up to garner funds to meet the promises made to the people, because the opposition promises things like lower tax and lower price even when the current state fund provides no means for those decrease. I do not doubt their intention, just their experience and capability. National Coalition has been in power for 50 years, and the country and states have been pretty much developing steadily, even though it’s not perfect. Handing over the helm to somebody new without much experience could spell only one characteristic of what the outcome would be: uncertainty. And uncertainty is never reassuring…

And yes there’s something that bothers me about this Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim too…

I know that many people would say “Yea, yea, new dawn for Malaysia”, “Thanks Malaysians”, “Welcome to new Malaysia”, “People’s Revolution”, and all. What worries me is that these people would most probably did not see beyond that. I’m always against fanatics who base their judgement solely on their support for certain parties. Well, if you’re a fanatic supporter of BN, surely you’ll find everything that goes in support with BN and dig up everything that goes against the opposition, and vice versa. As a result, whatever party you’re supporting, it’s a perfect party. Well, that’s what exactly I’m concerned about. The Opposition won many state and parliamentary seats, and of course, (fanatic) opposition supporters would cry out loud in joy. But they didn’t see the effect of such winning, they didn’t see how the Malaysian political situation will become, they didn’t see how it would really affect the people, cause they don’t bother to look beyond the winning. All they care about is the party they support wins, period, nothing else matters. That’s what I’m concerned about. And what’s more, it seems like we’re breeding a generation of fanatics. Just look at our small IB community in Sri KDU…

Well, I never bother to talk about politics before this, cause I know there’s practically nothing I can do. Plus talking with fanatics won’t yield many benefits. But when something like this happens, something that’ll affect me, you and people around me, in ways that are still uncertain, then I’m worried, and I write now to share my worries, to let you know that there are reasons to worry. Because I care for my country, I’m deeply concerned. There is a lot of uncertainties now. The country’s environmental protection, the huge high-tech investments in Penang, etc.

I seriously think nobody who cares for the country should be happy after this election, unless if you’re the winning candidate, of course. But as Malaysians in general, who wins does not matter as much as what will happen afterwards. It’s not about the election day and its results the day after. It’s about what will happen in the next 5 years. And thinking that no one knows for certain what will happen, I think everyone should not be happy, but just hope for the best, for I repeat again, instability and a weaker government in a multi-racial country is surely not a good prospect to look at.

I may be wrong. It may be that the Opposition will run the state Governments extremely well, better than the previous Government. The environment will be protected, everyone will be working together for a better Malaysia. But I may be right too. Forests may be cleared out to generate funds to lower down the tax, large national reserve may be used to subsidise petrol even more, stifling the country’s growth. Inexperience may lead to a lot of problems in running the state government, and severe problems may occur while development may stagnate. Both of these possibilities are very real, and there’s no telling which will happen. This anxiety, this inability to do anything but to wait and observe, is not comforting me…

And lastly, the people surely have sent a clear message to the ruling coalition. There must be something very wrong with the way the government is run by the ruling coalition for the last 4 years. But looking at how the highest officials in the ruling coalition react, at how the newspaper still very obviously biased towards the Government (I think they have lost all ability for subtlety), that message the people sent through the General Election may well be ignored. And that is very worrying to me…

I ask you, my friends and whoever is reading this, to look beyond the results and see what may happen afterwards. If you are worried too, then I say thank you. I urge you to put the nation first before any representative political party. I care for this country. I love this country. And because I care and love this country, I am concerned. Please.