Never in Malaysia's history has there been such open resentments toward the government until recently. Never too has the government been given the middle finger in such a decisive way, with the people voting for the opposition in 2008, giving Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim and the Pakatan Rakyat an unprecedented number of seats in Parliament and control of five states.
Indeed, never in the nation's history has corruption been so high and rampant as now. Never too has national debt ballooned to RM460 billion and edging the country towards bankruptcy. And never in Malaysian election history has the government increased the number of voters by hundreds of thousands, openly and unashamedly using illegal immigrants.
Malaysia has always been blessed with an industrious people whose hard work and toil have set the economy chugging along despite government wastage, leakage and outright corruption. Yet the decline in the economy has been marked and impossible to ignore. Look at the recent RM500 cash aid to households earning below RM3,000 per month. That alone speaks volumes for the loss in value of the ringgit, eaten away by spiraling inflation and costs of living. And never have Malaysian children been burdened with debts, forced to take on study loans, just as they are starting their lives.
With such mismanagement, corruption, abuse of power, double standards, rising racism and little prospect of change given the weak leadership of Najib Razak, arguably the worst of Malaysia's 6 prime ministers so far, Malaysians are indeed at a crossroad. What Malaysians need is change. Real change; by struggling for it and not just lamenting or complaining with never-ending arguments about whose fault it is.