Jun 24, 2018

14 GE14 : Election Rush

Although more than a month has passed since Malaysia's 14th General election, the day is still fresh in my mind. Hubs and I woke up early and was at the polling centre by 7.30am. There were tents along the road with people passing out tissue to voters.

It was a cheerful occasion. We made top 10 in the queue. I walked into the classroom and everyone was so smiley. Yup, ours was in a school. "Good morning!" we greeted one another. I stood back as my name and IC was read. My fingers were checked for nail polish. Moving on to the next person, I dipped my finger into the indelible ink, tissuing it dry moments after. Then, I was handed a slip of ballot paper. I marked it in secrecy behind a booth, folded it and put it into the box in the middle of the room. It was over in minutes.

Malaysia GE14 Queue

I had updated my address directly at the SPR office in Kepong over a decade ago so I needn't fly back to my hometown to vote. If I hadn't, I'd be one of those rushing to purchase flight tickets home, keeping my fingers crossed that it'd be cheap and there'd be seats available. Could have easily been a boo-hoo sob-sob situation for me in many ways.

Anyway, I'm glad I did as the election scene in Kuala Lumpur is pretty exciting. There were many eateries offering free breakfast and drinks to voters. Some gave discounts. There are even shops offering free services for the day. So many incentives to do our duty but really, wanting a better Malaysia should be motivation enough.

We were blessed with a free packet of nasi lemak and a cup of teh tarik when we popped into Plan B, Publika for breakfast. Not really expecting anything, we had already ordered bagel and eggs. So it was a pleasant surprise when they placed it on our table seeing that we had already voted - our inked finger being the proof.

Plan B - Nasi Lemak for GE14

Plan B - Bagel and Eggs

That night, we stayed up late to catch the results. We weren't alone. Friends and family whatsapped my phone with continuous updates but then it slowed to almost nothing all of a sudden. The results stopped coming in and it frustrated many Malaysians - we knew that something not bersih  was going on!

It was a historical moment for us as news spread that the opposition had pulled off a shocking election win.

Many were glued to the TV the next day awaiting the swearing in of a new Prime Minister, with as many discussing how to remove the indelible ink from their finger online. The ink started out light purple for us and was almost a dark dirty brown by the time we reached home. My friend Kathy had the answer - clorox.

Stained Index Finger - Indelible Ink GE14

Patriotism demands the ability to feel shame as much as to feel pride.
We should be proud of our country when we have done something to be proud of,
when we have lived up to our own standards.
But the flip side of genuine pride is being able to recognize when we have fallen short,
and to hold ourselves to account.
~ Anne-Marie Slaughter

14 comments:

  1. Everything linked with food, right? That bagel with egg looks amazing.

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  2. Sobssssss, we do not have any free incentives here after our election, sobssssss...

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    1. I think it's only a KL thing. Didn't hear about free food in smaller towns. :D

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  3. They really have out packed nasi lemak? Wow, imagine how much they spent but it did make voters happy and appreciated. Haha.

    My hubby hasn't change his address to Kuching but he didn't fly back this year. We promise to change both of ours before the next one. Mine need to update to current address so I would be able to go to same place with hubby as well. My voting venue still based on my parents' house. Haha

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    1. Yes, they were really generous and Plan B cafe wasn't the only one doing it. ^.^
      I can understand your situation, Rose. You did move a couple of times!

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  4. Seemed to be a lot of freebies for inked fingers on that day.

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  5. Plan B Ipoh and few other places also gave out free food but we didn't go for any because we had early breakfast before voting. I too stayed up late and hardly slept.

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    1. That's great, Nancy! I thought it was mostly a KL thingy.
      This means both of us woke up panda-eyed the next day. Lol.

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  6. As I type this comment, my finger still has the stained mark! The officer used my long finger like a spoon to stir the whole bottom of the bottle to dilute them! That's why my ink is so dark and clorox could not even remove it. @#$%*!! I hope next GE15 will not need this nonsense again.

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    1. Kakakaka ...!! TM, why do these things happen to you! But if it didn't, then there would be no humour. Now you can humour us lor. ;)

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  7. My sis and I went all out back to Taiping during this time. Flight from KUL to Pen then took ETS from Butterworth to Taiping. None of us wanna drive back home. lol...I even took unpaid leave for this. huhuhu worth it! for first timer voter like me. Aiyoh that bagel and egg look drooling wei

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    1. Steady you! This election was really exciting - there was a lot of heart in it. Huhuhu ..feel like nangis-nangis.

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