DEAR Malaysians,

It seems discussions for a rally are being considered by certain quarters in an attempt to remove Malaysia’s democratically elected leader. This comes soon after the United States (US) Department of Justice (DOJ) made its announcement to seize over $1 billion assets bought with allegedly stolen money from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). Bersih chief Maria Chin Abdullah has confirmed that a rally is on the cards while the former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has also mooted the idea dissent through street demonstration. It is not a surprise as these leaders had repeatedly demanded the prime minister’s resignation over the past year.

BERSIH Chief, Maria Chin Abdullah
BERSIH Chief, Maria Chin Abdullah

This is merely a window of opportunity for them to pursue personal vendetta against the government. Despite the opposition and civil society leaders’ determination to tarnish the prime minister’s reputation and question his role, independent bodies’ findings have shown there is no wrongdoing in 1MDB. This notwithstanding smear campaigns zeroing on the prime minister’s family, which turned into personal attacks and shaming. In addition, foreign interference and media reporting can only aggravate an uncertain situation. All these negative factors can undoubtedly hurt a developing country like Malaysia. And yet the government is still striving and running its daily course to ensure that the country is still standing strong.

My fellow Malaysians,

2016 marks 59th year of Malaysia's Independence Day
2016 marks 59th year of Malaysia’s Independence Day

Remember the previous rallies in the name of protecting the country’s interest had only resulted in heightening racial tensions between the different races. Malaysia has always prided itself in living harmoniously together and has been its tag line for a long time now. Currently in Malaysia the feeling of dissatisfaction, distrust and segregation are prevalent among the public. Moreover some of the rallies were costly to the government as it had turned violent. At the end of the day we Malaysians were at a loss. Why the need to repeat such events? The best way to vent one’s displeasure would be to do it through the ballot as is practiced since the day we obtained our independence. This year marks our 59th national day. Why should it be any different?

In the Sarawak state election and two recent by-elections proved the ruling Barisan Nasional remains the voters’ popular choice, particularly winning by larger margins. Barisan Nasional won despite the various allegations leveled against them. Thus, all Malaysians are encouraged to vote and choose their respective leaders in the next general election if they truly love this country.

Eddy Liow is an independent analyst and Malaysian Access reader. Article written is strictly his personal view. Malaysian Access does not necessarily endorse the opinions given by any third party content provider.