Tuesday, June 9, 2009

You confuse me...

I'm writing this with an annoying headache and a frustrated spirit. Whenever there is a gathering of residents, I do not see my peers speaking up. It is the older, BN-voting disillusioned generation that pounces at every opportunity to complain loudly these days. Young people do not want to be involved. They sleep in on a Sunday morning. They observe from afar. I was like that pre-March 08. I know what it is to be indifferent. I know how it feels to covet what others my age are enjoying while living overseas. I know why it is more convenient to be passive, to do nothing. But this attitude has to change, and change fast.

I can hear some people are already thinking - there she goes again... complaining! I am not complaining here. I am getting the silent majority to come to realization of what's happening in our community. Malaysians confuse me. They want clean leaders. They said they voted for change. Yet once I got elected, some immediately branded me as not trustworthy because I'm a politician. It doesn't make sense.

A recent survey by Transparency International published in The Malaysian Insider ('Malaysians say politicians the most corrupt lot') is a tell-tale sign of the state of mind of Malaysians. According to the survey, 42% of Malaysians perceived politicians as being most corrupt. This is extremely disheartening. But this report should be analysed alongside an indicator of the rate of change of government. Why? Because logically, if the people perceive politicians as corrupt, then surely the people would be voting to change their corrupt government more frequently, and at every chance they get. But then, we do not see that in Malaysia. The people here view politicians as most corrupt, but yet, constantly vote these same people into power. According to Malaysiakini, the former chief minister of Selangor tops the list of high-profile corruption cases in the country with the highest number of corruption reports lodged against him in the then ACA (Anti-Corruption Agency), yet he still won the state assembly seat which he contested last year! And there are others who have controversies and scandals surrounding them, yet still bagging huge wins with majorities in the tens of thousands! A nation that perceives politicians as most corrupt should be changing its government more frequently, but we don't. It seems that we as a nation are all talk only.

The new breed of politicians came on board because we believed in a cause worth fighting for. I can't speak for all but I do believe there are others who are on the same page as me. Do this for the people, we thought to ourselves! And then when I got here, I realised that there are people who don't really believe in what they have voted for. The exact same thing may be said by a dentist, a hawker, a student or a housewife but just because I'm a politician, it is dismissed by some quarters very easily and is viewed with much suspicion.
We want to do this for the people but some of these people purposefully choose to be professional skeptics, viewing the world with doubt. How can we not be disillusioned?

And young people, if you still don't get involved in the local community, in the government or in politics, you will soon find yourselves in a place where everything has been charted for you and it is too late to change it then. The saying is true : Until lions learn to write, hunters will tell their story for them.

44 comments:

saifun said...

YB Hannah is right. We're too complacent.

We voted in someone whom we thought would be a change from the old ways. We believed her when she promised she would be clean. We didn't vote in an experienced politician; we voted in an ordinary young lady from our midst, our own community, who had the courage to stand up, take the bull by the horns, and accept the thankless task of representing us.

As an overwhelming majority, we acted on our belief in her and cast our vote in her favour. Having borne her to victory, do we now desert our own while she struggles almost alone, against the tide, to make changes for the better for the rest of us while the embittered shout down her every attempt and question her integrity? The soldier fighting at the battlefront needs to know that he is not forgotten. The player in the field on the home team needs the crowd's cheers to keep his spirits up. The wearied gardener needs to know that the life-giving rain will come.

It's so easy to sit back and post favourable comments on Hannah's blog telling her that she's doing a fantastic job, which she is. It's quite another thing to get out of our comfortable chairs and say the same things at residents' gatherings. Not everyone bothers to read blogs and not everyone uses a computer, especially the older generation. We voted in a fighting cock. Let's publicly voice our support for our young champion's efforts whenever we can, and that means physically taking up the mic. Her detractors need to know that our support for the person we chose to represent us remains unchanged. I for one believe she is clean, and will remain clean. Hannah is our voice, but she can't also be all the other moving parts of the body. We have to take up the slack.

When was the last time that we had as hardworking an ADUN as YB Hannah is, let alone as sincere? While most of us are snoozing in our beds, she is still up, slogging away at her computer to update us on what's going on in our community, what's next on the agenda, and the steps she's taking to teach us to shape a better future for ourselves. Just take a look at the times of her blog entries. Most of them are in the wee hours of the morning!

This latest entry in her blog is a clarion call to us, those who want the same changes as YB Hannah does, to take an active part in our individual resident committees, working in tandem with her, not against her.

If we don't take care of what we've found, we'll lose it. People always get the government they deserve. Let's fight to keep ours. She's a good one.

Edmund said...

It is difficult to mobilize youths these days. I can attest to that being one myself.

If we look at the US, in many ways one can observe some similarities. Despite the problems they are facing within their countries, there does not seem to be much grassroot action being taken up, particularly by youths, and Obama himself has had to constantly repeat the call for young people to take action such as in his famous last speech,

"And I want to particularly say this to young people of every faith, in every country - you, more than anyone, have the ability to remake this world."

As inspiring as his words seem to be, unfortunately not a lot really actually listen. So I guess you shouldn't be too hard on yourself.

Maybe it would be possible to provide some kind of incentive? Like run a competition like "Malaysian Idol" but looking for youths who are doing something with their communities to help towards our nation building?Sorta something like this:

http://www.cbc.ca/nextprimeminister/

It would certainly also fit with our PM's 1Malaysia agenda. Just to try to keep our youths positive about getting involved in one way or another, since a lot of people might not see what there is to do besides voting, which of course is really just the first step towards change.

Also, maybe we could try to organize more intercultural activites? I will be perfectly honest (and slightly ashamed) to say that I do not know very much about Malay and Indian culture, at least apart from a more or less superficial level, and I don't think I am necessarily the only one. I would like to learn more about my fellow countrymen, as much as it would be possible to do so. Maybe participating and helping out in the whole process of a kenduri or if any young Chinese couples would be open enough to invite some young students from other cultures (apart from those who are already their friends of course) to observe the whole Chinese wedding process... I can't think of something Indian! See! I just don't understand enough about my fellow Malaysians...but maybe your husband Ram can suggest something.

Keep the faith and hope you will soldier on for us undeserving youths! We will try out best! In Hannah we trust!

Justin said...

Dear Hannah,

You are absolutely right. The youth and young adults in our community clamour for change but do not want to do anything about it. They rather sit idle, watch from afar and not make any forray into what they deem as a risky adventure with little or no returns. Unfortunately this is the culture these young people have grown used to and perhaps the elders are to also share the responsibility of bringing up a generation where all has been provided on a platter. Not that I am saying that all are the same but the majority are. Once we accept this fact, then the renewal can begin where the elders involve the young ones as part of a family affair to affect change in the community.

Goh Wei Liang said...

The problem these days is that people get disillusioned with the promises of both sides. The alternative side which shouts for change is still being doubted.

If YB had noticed, A Thiruvenggadam had a Press Conference that slammed the Selangor Govt for not doing anything at all for the Indians in Selangor which make up about 30 % of the total Indian community in Malaysia.

He even said that the waste concessionaires are distributed among the political parties with a breakdown of 40% DAP 40% PKR and 30% PAS.

Also if we stroll up north to read the scripts of Aminah Tape, leaders can continue to claim that they were there just for lunch. But one of them is an aide to a State Exco, another is very high up in the State PKR.

Even if they were the excuse is substantiated that they are there for lunch and on a personal capacity, that does not mean justify their actions of offering posts and money for her to pull out.

If BN had done it on some opposition candidate, imagine the bark of the Opposition. Accusations like these were thrown in Perak on the 3 YBs who betrayed their voters and were heavily imparted in the minds of many.

But the one in Penanti was buried swiftly. The Opposition has to thank BN for not having a proper machinery and media portal to harp on Opposition issues.

Many more can be said. Just listen to what the PAS Youth said and passed as a resolution in the final day of the Muktamar. They critcised the liberalisation of the services and financial sectors.

They say it is bad for the Muslims and Bumiputera.

Of course some of my friends tell me off and say that it is just some Youth movement talking among themselves and not important. But one must remember that this movement is one that will be leaders in the future if they win the Elections.

Also, I am not sure if DAP is aware that MB Kedah has flip-flopped back to the 50% housing development quota. He tried that initially last year, only to receive objections from DAP and PKR heads.

It seems that Kedah Gerakan Youth Chief had a Press Conference to point out that this matter has resurfaced in January 2009.

As I said, change is still change and it is good to see our politicians kept on the toes. But for youths to rise up and support or get involved with the side that shouts "CHANGE", that side must truly be good.

There are just too many prominent heads in Pakatan Rakyat. Things might get bad when a Cabinet is formed because there are bound to be unhappy warlords even in Pakatan, especially PKR.

One wonders what will happen even now if Anwar had announced the Shadow Cabinet.

Perhaps this will help you understand better about the youth dilemma.

3rd dimension said...

You are right. The young is either working hard to earn money or enjoying good life. Not many into politics, but you have set a good example, so let others follow you.

ronin said...

I can understand your frustrations. If there is a world record for public apathy, then Malaysians will win it hands down.

Nevertheless, changes is happening. Before March 08, many Malaysian thought that BN was invincible but that myth was shot down.

Do not expect overnight miracles. Many young Malaysians do not think that they could make a difference, you and other young leaders must prove them wrong and encourage them to participate more.

traveleo said...

i understand your frustration and regret that this is one of the challenges that come with the office.

those who say they are not interested in politics have no interest whatsoever in their life. perhaps it is the ignorance of how politics shape the environment of which they live in.

changing mindsets take a lifetime, and this is one of the tasks that is charged upon your office.

i wish you the best of luck in your endeavours.

Anonymous said...

Hannah,

I am a 23 year old guy and what is important to me is my haircut/style, fashion, going clubbing with my frens, girls ... and well more girls.

SK said...

For one individual who is despise of you, there are tens more out there who are throwing their support behind you.

Keep moving on Hannah, in the end of the day, you can't satisfy everyone and as long as you do your best, voters are not blind enough to fight with you along the way.

Never give up!

KoSong Cafe said...

YB, I can emphathise with you because one of my former breakfast 'kakis' insisted that politicians are in it for power and wealth, with no exceptions! I have had enough of trying to convince him and others that there are exceptions and they should be given the benefit of the doubt unless proven otherwise.

I am in it to show commitment and give moral support to those who share the same objective of having a clean and able team to lead our country. I am glad there are young politicians who fit the bill and able and willing to persevere in this thankless task. Because of the perception that politicians are most corrupt, being a supporter of Pakatan, I actually had to stay clear of PR leaders for fear of being too close with those in positions of power!

I believe PR had created new problems when they got control of a few states. Suddenly, instead of being just an ADUN or MP, some ADUNs could become Exco members who are actually ministers in a state. Those ambitious ones will be clamouring for positions and become disappointed if not appointed. Just imagine the scenario if and when PR can win majority in Parliament! The good thing is, hopefully, those obvious opportunists can be discovered and let them jump to wherever they want.

As to the reasons why BN kept winning, I would say the main reason is $$$ which is really powerful. Being incumbents, they have control over huge contracts worth billions. Businessmen are in business for profits and those who work for them need to earn their keep. BN politicians are shamelessly involved in getting state lands and taking advantage of insider information of future plans. So for those who want to get rich quick, there is no better way than join BN. The gravy train can support a large population.

What we need is to try and achieve corruption-free governance so that people's support comes from knowing they are supporting good leaders and not those who inflate contracts to keep cronies and to help themselves as though it is a right and privilege of being in power.

Just imagine the saying, 'everyone has a price' whether it is Rm100,000 or Rm1million or more to change his or her 'point of view'! What about those caught in scandals or corruption used as a means of bargain?

Mahatma Gandhi's quote about doing the right thing, even if it won't happen in our life time, is a great motto to keep in mind.

Jarod said...

Many of the younger generation are not interested in Politics may due to the bad image given by Politicians. Some would rather be focus in their work and studies. Those who studies at University have been decline their opportunity to voice out with the Uni Act.

However, recent election had shown others that Young Politicians can make a wave and bring politics closer to the young gun.

May be there are things that we can do to create an awareness among the youth. Debate has been greatly use these days as we see more debate going on.

YB, keep up the good work.

A lot of younger generation is now slowly blogging about politics and slowly joining Pakatan and work for a better Malaysia.

Anonymous said...

When Malaysians talk about corrupt politicians, it is the BN politicians that they have in mind, PKFZ, Penang land scams........

We seldom, if ever, hear of such scandals under the PAS-ruled Kelantan.

As for the DAP, well, the jury is still out.

Let's see how they perform in Penang. For now LGE is proving to be a god-sent.

Penangite

Genusfrog said...

The word "politician" has, unfortunately, been saddled with a lot of baggage and unsavoury connotation. It's a word whose reputation precedes its meaning. And I'm quite sure that when the 42% perceive "politicians" to be "most corrupt", they are thinking about the people they voted out, not in. Not your generation. It's still hard to see someone like you as a "politician". Keep redeeming the word.

Phil said...

Hi Hannah,

I hope in you next blog posting you can give us (the young generation) ideas or ways on how we can help or to speak up. I personally think that many of us today are confused on what is right to do and not so I hope you can take the lead.

Besides, I've already started by writing an open letter to our Education Ministry which I've also forwarded to your email. I wrote the letter regarding the latest issue on whether english should be made compulsory to pass at SPM level in hope that our education system will be improved.

Anonymous said...

Hai Hannah. I have been staying in Subang Jaya since 1984. It was a township turn into a shit and mess township by the previous team of corrupted. I can say that alot of the residence are already numb and do not think any voicing will change anything it will only delay. Take a personal survey and find out how many of the Subang residence really need the LRT? And if you can stop it or totally cancel the project then maybe the residence faith and trust will be back behind you or rather with you. Actually Subang Jaya don't need anymore development or projects. Example the new shoplot at the Gaint interchange while the USJ 22 or 23 area are dead and wasted. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

YB Hannah, I am confused myself. I am 24 this year and most of my Malaysian friends in Melbourne were interested in Malaysian politics post March 2008 when they realised tht they are capable of change but what really shocked me was when I met up with a few of them for beer at one of our common 'waterhole' and 3/5 of them did not know a thing about what is going on in Perak. They did not even know tht they have been a change in goverment based on the court ruling. Why has tht reality of 'I am the change for Malaysia subsided?'. It could be because of the never ending political drama in Malaysia ie. Sept 16 take over, SUPP jumping ship, YB Eli's pictures etc.

YB, can I suggest tht you have a major concert at some big padang in SJ/USJ or better still on Carrefour's open air carpark on the highest level and invite all the youths. Have some up and coming bands both english and malay, I strongly believe the youths will realise tht politics are not for old people, and while you are at tht have some election registration booths so tht the youth can register as voters. Just make sure the rempits dont behave as rempits and make sure it is alcohol and drug free. I am sorry I am in another country but I am doing wht I can do from here and tht it is to keep my Malaysian friends updated with the happenings within the political arena of Malaysia.

To Anonymous June9, 5.23pm.

I highly doubt tht the majority of the ppl dont want the LRT, I know all my relatives in Subang Jaya and USJ totalling to 25 members are looking forward to the day the LRT is brought into our area. You might have cars for every driver in your family but not every family can afford it.

A Melbournian tht is still free from Swine Flu

khairy jamaluddin supporter said...

Hannah,

You judge BN as though all are corrupt.

Therefore you are also judged by the actions of any Pakatan member.

People voted you in as the voice of the community so their voice is to be represented by you. BN has no "voice" in Subang Jaya now so the "old dogs" bark again. Last time they stayed at home to watch tv.

We barked like mad for you last year which resulted in your win. So now u bark for us the next 4-5 years. When the time comes, we bark again. That is the way life is.

You are paid to bark at gatherings. Subang residents dont get paid. You give each one rm100 to bark at gatherings, im sure they will find their voice. That is the way life is.

++MeLisSa++ said...

we, the young generation will take our stand. it's time to stand in the gap and make a difference in this society. we will!

Anonymous said...

Political apathy is just a common thing among your peers. The lack of interest among youth on current issues with regards to social, politic and economic is understandable in any society. Then, I expect a enegertic and capable 'wakil rakyat' like Hanna Yeoh to provide empowerment and become an idol to Subang Jaya's youth.
Political change in our beloved nation require excellent young leader to lead the younger age group into new era with new hope.

Anonymous said...

Well, corruption among politician in Malaysia certainly at alarm level. To me, it largely pointing towards BN politician. DAP leaders are true fighter to eradicate corruption.
I hope YB Hanna as young leader has strong courage like Lim Kit Siang to exposed the wrong doing of BNs pirate.
SAVE MALAYSIA!

temenggong said...

Hannah,

Malaysians vote according to race, not whether their politicians are corrupt or not. They are an insecure lot and feel their race must be 'protected'. It is the malaysians themselves that are race and religious corrupted, hence their political leaders are their mirror image.

It is the frustrated middle aged lot that is moving away from that stance and created a tsunami change last year.

Girl, you're doing just fine. Ignore the skeptics and catcalls and move along. We too wish more young people will become politically active.

Rover said...

As an attendee of your Political Education program last Sunday, I was dismayed by some of the half baked comments from the floor pertaining to the "attitude" and "thinking style" of the so called new generation. There is a group (or several) of oldies who cling to their beliefs that things should be done in a certain way and that they have all the answers.

As a mid-20 year old, I feel disgusted by these points of view. We are at a point where talking on end get's us nowhere and obtaining consensus from everyone is a sure way to ensure failure. For Hannah and many of the young among us, it's time to pick up the pieces and take action.

w9 said...

A friend frequently question and answer in one breath, 'Do you know why **** is the main party?' 'Because they are the fiercest and loudest', he usually snort. You are right. If your peers don't speak out loudly and with a stronger spirit, others will take charge over them for the better or the worse.

Arsenal fan said...

Hey Hannah, don't be confused or upset. That's the reality of life. And I tell you another true fact of reality: YOU ARE AWESOME, FANTASIC AND GREAT. Do you realize that? You are doing much more better than most of the senior politicians or elected DUNs or MPs.

Keep up with your good job. Ignore those "resistance" or "gravity" that exist at anywhere, anytime. Just hold tight to your principle of life and give your best shoot.

The RAKYAT are not all blind (even though some of them pretend to be). Always, there are RAKYAT who are supporting you and stand-by you. Remember this fact.

Arsenal fan said...

Another thing, YB Hannah. Doing you have any idea about the case mentioned by Goh Wei Liang (above) about the 40:30:30 "concessionaires cake allocation". That's something pretty "evil". Selangor PR must get ride of this evil thing or else, Selangor PR will be "gotten rid" in next election.

Sorry to say that.

Do keep an eye on this issue for the RAKYAT, YB. We can only put hope on YB like you.

Anonymous said...

To Anonymous June9, 5.23pm

I am for LRT :), not everyone is lucky enough to own a car, and if you have the opportunity to use the bus services then you will understand why many are still looking fwd to the LRT system here in Subang Jaya.

To : YB Hannah

It's quite true that most politicians have hidden agenda, their action speak so loud that when they talk about serving people, no one would believe in their words, except probably they themselves mistaken that the listeners buy their bullshitting.

Nevertheless, we do recognise a diamond when we see one. You are our diamond, in fact you are a shining example to many politicians. I consider myself lucky to have you serving in my area.

Bravo YB !

Anonymous said...

May God bless you with strength, wisdom and rest...."The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to go on the heights. For the director of music. On my stringed instruments."
(Habakkuk 3:19)

Anonymous said...

What is faith?
It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot see. God gave his approval to people in days of old because of their faith.
Hebrews 11:1-2 NLT

Anonymous said...

Every day I call to you, my God, but, you do not answer.

Every night you hear my voice, but I find no relief. Yet you are holy.

The praises of Israel surround your throne. Our ancestors trusted in you, and you rescued them.

You heard their cries for help and saved them. They put their trust in you and were never disappointed.

Psalm 22:2-5 NLT

agneslee said...

Dear Hannah

I would like to suggest that your office should organise more open debate among the youth on current issues including youth issues. Last Sunday debate was educational. YB Gobind, Tony and Eli and the opposition debate teams have a great time... so do the audience. My family have a great time too. It is an outing for my family. I wish more parents will bring along their teen/youth along. Both my sons, young youth told me that both teams (government and opposition) did well and enjoy the debate.

Sadly during Q & A, none of the youth have a chance to speaks. Most disappointed was some so-call... community leader have mis-used the platform to comments and asking questions not related to the topic discussed. Hope next time these people will be considerate to confine to speak on related issue and do not abuse the oppotunity given. Give chance to others who wish to learned more on topic discussed to ask question as time was limited.

Having more interactive events between community youths and your team of politians would be helpful and interesting. BTW, you having a team of friendly PA's would be helpful too.

Subang Jayan are proud of you. Please continue your work with wisdom and loving kindness.

Anonymous said...

Idea to share...."Remember, man does not live on bread alone: sometimes he needs a little buttering up." ~ John Maxwell.

Anonymous said...

YB, it is not about fighting. Fighting is irrelevant now.

We had won the fight. Now it is time to implement the change that we like to see. We had won the fight, please implement our manifestos.

Corruption is not about BN or PR, it is rely on the politician himself.

NEO said...

How to get involve if we are not welcome?

Those elected are already enjoy the feel (dreaming) of "walking in the corridor or power"!

For examplem, the case of former chief minister of Selangor. I have forwarded a link of webpage, which listed the corruption practice done the the former YAB on land allocation to a group of 4 persons in the age of 20s.

This issue were highlighted by TV3 when the developer started to clearing the 400 acre of land back in 2004.

Now, this developer have become multi-millioniare and get they company listed in Bursa Malaysia.

What happened?!

The PR Selangor government is only highlighting the issues of PKNS not declaring former YAB Banefit-in-kind and the Disney Land Trip.

Is they an un-written agreement that a newly form state government couldn't declose the the wrong doings of former state government?

Anonymous said...

YB Hannah, I do not know if all the youngsters are indifferent to get involved in the events in Subang Jaya. Maybe it's the culture and society that they're brought up. The old folks are a different lots altogether. Because of the age they're more used to sedentary lifestyle. They are watching in the back seat with all their online facilities.

You might be wrong if you judge them whether they participate in the events that are organized by political parties. They may be very concerned with all the major scandals that landed in this country like the mindboggling PKFZ's report. I'm sure they would like to know how the responsible parties handle the case.

It many help if you find a more central location to hold the seminars or meetings.

traveleo said...

Excuse the double posting. But now that a certain ruler of a certain state north of Selangor has come out from the closet with regards to his stand on "questioning Bumiputera rights", what is your view, as our state assemblyman on this?

this is one young Malaysian who is interested in politics.

klang valley said...

Hannah, consider that in Malaysia a "youth" can be someone in their early forties (if they are a "youth" member of a political party).

What "youth" are you looking for here?

The teenagers busy cramming knowledge into their brains so they can write 15+ SPM papers in the hopes of getting as many As as possible so they can look forward to the remote possibility of a scholarship?

Or perhaps the university students who are busy trying to learn and study and are not allowed, by law, to become politically involved?

Or perhaps the fresh graduates who are trying to find jobs and keep jobs and pay off their loans and keep from going under with their massive debt load?

These youth are pretty busy trying to make a life for themselves in the only way they really know how - a rat race where the only thing that really matters is working more hours and making more money so you can buy more stuff to impress people you dont really like.

But if you really want to see more youth involved - why not come and do a talk at each of the colleges in Subang Jaya (3), Sunway (2) and USJ (1).

Regards,

Moaz Yusuf Ahmad

keith said...

The mountains didnt go to Mohamed. Mohamed went to them...Likewise with you YB Hannah.

Go to the young adults in colleges. Cut down the time consuming dallying with the 'opening/launch' of this & that. The 1 hour saved form 'here&there' could be sued to open the eyes of the young adults in the SJaya colleges.

We used to have many politicians both big & small, from different parties, visiting us, engaging us, enlightening us, entertaining us...and generally exposing us to politics. But then again, this was in London, decades ago.

YB Hannah, dont give up. Getting young adults who are busy clubbing, looking pretty, pursuing career, into making macro-changes is akin to pushing water uphill. But it can be done.

With best wishes.

K

Anonymous said...

Keep in mind that the people who voted in the corruption survey and those that voted for the politicians could be completely different sets of people, so you can't really say those who care aren't doing much.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree!!!! The silent majority MUST speak up!!! Otherwise, what's the point? And not just speak, but also put our thoughts into action (and not just once every 5 years)!!!! Or are everyone migrating and so, cannot be bothered????

Anonymous said...

Most people can be considered as the silent majority. This is true in even the most advanced democracies. Of course, there is always a section who is always complaining and they are the most vocal in any public event.

The MSM always highlight news of corruption or scandal. Reports of the work and achievements uncorrupted politicians somehow seems mundane.

It is an uphill struggle to persuade people to engage and be proactive. Most are too engrosed with their own problems and do not stand back to see the bigger picture of their community and the country.

Nevertheless, it is crucial that attitudes have to change and we
must realize that the apathy of this generation will affect the future of our children if we do not choose to initiate change for the better now.

Bernard Choo said...

Hannah

You are a beacon in the darkness of Malaysian politics.

Persevere! God knows.

Warmest regards

Bernard Choo
Melbourne

Anonymous said...

All, I can say is you are doing a great job and the people will continue to give you support! Miss you at our 2nd make Our Street Safe" Klang Action ...

Anonymous said...

I have a youngster in Form 4 and I can tell you that he and his friends are keeping tab of the political front of the country and expressing their unhappiness and the marginalization. Things like Pakatan Aduan are not allowed to participate in school events etc should not be the case. We elected a aduan who are able and capable and they are caught in the red of the Federal Government. We the silent majority speaks sometimes but letters of sensitive nature are ALMOST NEVER PUBLISHED BY THE NEWSPAPERS. Keep up the good work YB.

Stephen Chan said...

Dear Hannah,

Hi! I believe in you. I believe that you are an honest and idealistic politician. You sincerely want change. I want change too. I believe that only righteousness can exalt Malaysia. My American History professor told us, "if you don't speak up against injustice, then you deserve the injustice you get." How true. My secondary school history teacher also said, that the person who holds the political power can strangle us. How true. Hence, politics is important.

Hannah, you are not fighting the battle alone. God is with you. Pray to Him and trust Him with all your heart. May He be the tower of your strength. Remember, the battle belongs to the Lord.