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Johor Voters: Will you let Malaysia slide down the slippery path of corruption or rescue it and establish a new dawn of hope?

By P Ramakrishnan

Will the people of Johore liberate the rest of Malaysia? Or not?

Birds of a feather

Johoreans are known to be different in their outlook. They are more enlightened, broad-minded, all embracing and tolerant. They are not the run of the mill type but enjoy a distinctiveness that puts them apart. They brand themselves proudly as “Bangsa Johor”.

With so much going for themselves, they will be an inspiring example for the rest of the other states to bring about change. Change will have to begin with Johor when Johoreans cast their votes today, Saturday, 12 March, 2022.

If Johoreans can reject the kleptocrats, the bigots, the narrow-minded politicians, the selfish and greedy opportunists on Saturday, we can then confidently assume that we are on the right path for better times.

We hope that you are committed to bringing about change. This will require you to turn up in huge numbers to cast your votes. A higher percentage of voting will mean the greater the chance to send the crooked and the kleptocrats packing home.

Johor will be seen as the state that will not tolerate those politicians who enrich themselves and ignore the vast majority of poor Malaysians. Johor will not – and should not – forgive those politicians who stole billions of ringgit and nearly bankrupted this nation of ours. Their conduct was akin to stealing from their own family – that’s what it was! They were helping themselves to the wealth of the nation without a care and concern for the welfare of the country and its people.

The rot must end in Johor. Dirty politics must be cleansed and ethical conduct must be the order of the day. We look up to you to liberate Malaysia from the clutches of the corrupt and the crooked.

Will you rise up to this challenge?

We will know on Saturday!

(The views expressed are those of the contributor and do not necessarily reflect the views of Rebuilding Malaysia.)

11 March 2022

P Ramakrishnan is the long-serving former president of Aliran who served three and a half decades on its executive committee, and has been with Aliran since its inception in 1977. Now an ordinary Aliran member, he continues to highlight issues of public interest to a larger audience.
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