I was an apolitical individual - or so I thought.
But the fact that I felt very strongly about casting my vote on Saturday 8th March, and the fact that I felt the way I felt when I woke up on Sunday 9th March, made me realize that I was not an apolitical individual after all, and I CAN'T afford to be apolitical. And neither can those who did not bother to cross the box that mattered last Saturday. ESPECIALLY them.
I think, as much as those who had expressed their political inclinations, and their disgusts towards certain politicians, I too have the right to express myself here. We are entitled to our own opinions, and as much as I respect the opinions of others, I hope they will respect mine.
I'm surrounded by political analysts and strategists at work. All of them are trained in IR (International Relations) and Strategic Studies. And if you want to have a decent, well-rounded and objective academic discussion on the political scenario of any country in the world, Malaysia included - then my department is one of THE places to offer you that.
One word that comes out more often than not in our many discussions in the last couple of days was - "Irrational".
Irrational - on the part of those who WERE in power.
Irrational - on the part of those who WANTED power.
Irrational - on the part of those who NOW HAVE the power.
Irrational - on the part of those who HAD THE POWER TO CHANGE those in power.
Irrational - on the part of those who WOULD NOT LET GO of the power.
Simply irrational. And just look at US now. Look at where WE are now...
Sombre - yes.
Hopeful - yes, that after all those moments of being irrational, some may have learnt their lessons - albeit the hard way...
What made "apolitical" me write all these?
A friend of Ayah's just passed away 2 hours ago. He was 40 years old. He finally succumbed to colon cancer which was only diagnosed less than 2 months ago.
He left behind a wife, and 4 small kids - the youngest being 3 years old.
I couldn't help thinking. Did he know about what was going on in the country in the final days leading to his death?
And if he did, did he worry about what was going to happen to his children when he's no longer there to fend for them...
May you rest in peace, Jim - Allahyarham Zulkifli Muhammadun (1968-2008)
I am NOT apolitical anymore - for MY children's sake...and for YOUR children's sake.
Semoga Allah mencucuri rahmat ke atas roh Arwah, dan semoga Arwah ditempatkan di kalangan golongan yang beriman. Amin.