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Sunday, March 09, 2008

The winds of change ....

They thought it was only a breeze - soothing & refreshing, but not strong enough to erode the cliff.

They ignored the dissatisfaction that have been building up for a few years now, dismissing it as exagerated noises from a few disgruntled people.

They underestimated the need for a more open and transparent communication, sidelining the louder voices from other channels such as blogs, websites, online news & sms as cheap thrills preferred by the monkeys.

They assumed that what worked in the past decade is still current in this millenium.

They thought who were popular before would continue to win the hearts of the people simply because of their popularity.

They've got it all WRONG this time !!


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Ayah & I brought the boys for roti canai & ice lemon tea this morning at the ever popular Restoran Ali Maju in Rawang new town. While the usual aroma of roti kosong, garlic naan, tosei garing and tandoori chicken fills the air just the same, a different tinge of something else was pretty obvious. The mixed feelings of shock, anger, rejection and acceptance were written on a lot of different faces. People dived their noses into the pages of the local newspapers - not on the regular weekend pull outs of sensational celebrities stories, but this time on the shocking results of the General Election aka PRU12.

Oh well... shocking it would be for those who ignored the writings on the wall.

Shocking it could be for those who opted to lepak at home or do their usual Saturday chores instead of going out to the polling stations to cast their votes.

Shocking it might be for those who thought it was just another general election.



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I am not a politician. Betul...... hahaha.... though a few colleagues thought I have the looks of a PKR member written all over my face. While a few other friends thought I could be part of the younger blood in Puteri Umno. And I could still remember how I was encouraged to take up law for my field of studies during the pre-SPM results interview by the potential sponsors - so that I could help rebutt Mr Karpal Singh ( not kidding! guess there were still a lot of staunch supporters of the rulers from amongst the officers of the scholarship providers' back then).

Yes I do follow the updates on local politics from time to time. But no... I am not a politician. I'm just a regular working mom.

What bothers me though is the fact that some of the very obvious views and increasingly demanding needs of the people that are within the grasps of basic understanding of a regular working mom can continue to be blatantly ignored by some of the top politicians in this country.

Heck! If they know children of the urban areas are more demanding than those in the rural townships, why should they expect their parents to be any different?

Read this and tell me if I am wrong. Tom & Jerry & Doraemon on TV2 maybe sufficient to keep some children in some Felda somewhere glued to the TV - with due respect. But elsewhere in Bangsar, Bukit Antarabangsa, Kota Damansara, Subang and now even RAWANG (kenapa? tak percaya?), PS2, PSP, X Box, handphone & fully loaded prepaid card are the gadgets least expected to keep the children calm and steady and for the parents to maintain some degree of sanity while sipping a cup of tea with some friends. And hey.... we haven't even touched on the varying expectations of the babies, the toddlers, the preschoolers, the primary school goers and the hormone-raging teenagers.

So why is it so difficult to acknowledge and accept that in the above 'elsewhere' - RAWANG included, it's no longer sufficient to have the parents of the children to be satisfied with just having the electricity and water connected, the tarmac resurfaced, the traffic lights in good working order and pot holes covered up?

There are a lot of things that the politicians could learn from mothers, I tell you. After all, haven't they heard that the hands that rock the cradle can rule the world?

And hey... there is one other thing that the politicians can learn from WORKING mother you know! When the rocking and the lullabying is 'outsourced' to the domestic maid, you expect the children to always listen to the mother just because she is the mother? Yeahhhh right!!! Go fly wau. Dreamy mommy. God knows what kind of lullabies were sang to the children to soothe their ears. I can bet you my expiring Enrich points that it is of a different tune, accent and lyric altogether.


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So if the politicians have not been "at home" and have not updated or renewed the grocery checklist - they shouldn't expect the people at home would be oh-so-happy with the contents of the grocery shopping bags brought home.

Saja lah Ibu nak bercerita ! Sesekali air bah, sesekali pantai berubah....

Sombre. Numb. Hopeful at the same time.

p/s I'll be counting the days to see the "harga minyak" diturunkan. But eh..... depa tak bagitau pulak minyak apa eh? What if they clarify that they actually meant "minyak cap kapak" ?!! Bagi hilang pening dan buangkan angin?!!! Biar betul.......

19 comments:

Mutiara said...

Salam Ibu
Thank you for visiting my blog. Yes I am a very senior srikandi. (form 5-1970)

simah said...

hahahahah this is one original entry!..akak ni kelakar betul la!

but u r right... they should have listened... people r not dumb...they do demand change...

for a sinple working mom...whi is not a politician.. u sure have a strong view of these things...which is not a suprise of course since u r in PR urself...

so parti yg akak vote tu menang tAK?

akak dah tengok bloh hatice ngan *hikaye* dia tak? pi la tengokkkk :0)

ADIEJIN said...

uish...panjang sungguh..habis secawan kopilah nak baca entry ni..adei..udah ler, lain kali jgn pepanjang sangat k. Naya kengkawan..hehe

Kmar said...

Ibu,

I always follow our Malaysian politics through internet.. or whatsoever laa. Memang dah agak these kind of result will be mix because I have been receiving ALL kind of emails regarding our politician, corruptions.. etc.. New generations with new way of thinking..

I also read a lot of anti-government blogs and some of them are very good at criticism. Anyway, the government should learn something from this result.

We had election on Sunday (9th March) and I am happy that the current government won. Liberal party and something for sure they will give more freedom to the Muslims who live here. Itu penting tu!! .. muslim girls can still wear tudung to school.. etc..

Btw, harga minyak tu... a bit susah la nak turun... pfff... and here, we are paying base on the current market price (today crude oil US107 per barrel!!!). Kekadang tu terasa nak ´kayuh basikal´ bila nak gi ambil the kids from school ... jimat duit!!.. ha.ha.ha...

zaitgha said...

i like your take on this one...so the very correct one.....

love it...

MrsNordin said...

I think they just didn't know what the people want anymore... or they just couldn't be bothered to find out. Thus, the losses.

So Khir Toyo, flawless skin didn't guarantee your stay in the MB's residence, did it? Who was he trying to fool? (I still couldn't believe the nerve of that guy!)

Helena said...

susah betul nak dapat paper lately kan. Normally I would buy in the afternoon, but now jgn harapla. mesti habis.

Luckily mom always buy at 7am masa dia jog. So selalu ngecek nak baca paper nst and Utusan dia.... hehe

Kerp (Ph.D) said...

i learned from kak shana that mothers have some super magical powers up their sleeves waiting to destroy all the evil surrounding their kids.

*but that sunday morning, the roti canai i had never tasted so delicious. gotta be the sweet taste of the new state gomen...hehehe...

wanshana said...

I'm surrounded by political analysts and strategists at work, and one word that comes out more often than not in our discussion in the last couple of days was - "Irrational".

Irrational - on the part of those who were in power, those who wanted power, those who had the power to change those in power, and the one who would not let go of the power...

Irrational. And look at us now. Look at where we are now.

Sombre - yes. Hopeful - yes, that after all those moments of being irrational, some may have learnt their lessons - the hard way...

kc said...

dont forget, stay at home moms pun dah super savvy sekarang nih...woo hoo hoo!

good write up on post election.

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Ibu,

All I can say is bravo for change! Oh and yeah, I'm glad Datuk Seri Samy Vellu and ZAM lost...=) Hehe...

Ayah said...

Ibu : well let's hope that all that had happened would be for the good, and whatever is good would be what the would happen... LONG LIVE PERIASAMY!

Pi Bani said...

Ibu,
With the present situation, I think I am getting sick and tired of politicians from both BN and BR. I nak set up party baru - Barisan Rakyat Alternatif. Or better known as BRA. Nak join tak? ;)

ninuk said...

ya ampun ... ye betul kalau le dia turunkan minyak cap kapak bukannya minyak kereta tu camne ... latest news .. they are reviewing the "committed deliverables" because for some there are dependencies to federal policy ... ha ha ha ... so much for us to trust politicians :0)
we'll see we'll see.

Monstermom said...

what about minyak dhab, minyak senyonyong, minyak buah pala etc????

wanshana said...

Ibu dear,

Time to hapdet...

And what better way to do it than answering the tag I've "imposed" on you.

Please hop by my blog for details. Thanks.

Take your time...(and I don't REALLY mean this... Hehehe!)

Queen Of The House said...

Hello Ibu ... there's so much truth in what you write. And now I hope 'they' also realise that Bukit Antarabangsa working moms would also appreciate a school or two being built there. That's right, the place has been in existence since the 80's and with the growing population in and around the bukit, a primary school at least should be built. Teruklah nak hantar/ambil anak2 dari sekolah yang bukannya dekat (and not many school buses or vans want to pick up kids from that area). This working mom is tired of disappearing at lunchtime to do the school run.

Anyway, hopefully the changes in government, surprising or otherwise, would bring some improvements. I am apolitical, i think ... so anyone who can do the work well gets my vote (next time around).

hazyr said...

Busy ka sis?

Anyway... if you want to help out on this project, give me a shout ya!

http://hazyr.blogspot.com/2008/04/mini-library-going-to-east-coast.html

Take care.

kc said...

manalah pegi si ibu mithali ni???