Last night some 2,000 people packed the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall in Kuala Lumpur for a forum organised by Siti Kasim’s new Malaysian Action for Justice and Unity Foundation (Maju).
It seems to me that Maju is tapping into the discontent felt by many over the slow pace of reforms and unfulfilled promises – which is depressing for many.
The Maju event last night showed that many Malaysians are prepared to rally behind those expounding a more inclusive vision for the country instead of supporting politicians who pander to the bigots and chauvinists of the old Malaysia.
What is heartening is that many Malaysians out there remain committed to the reform agenda and the new Malaysia, which is an ongoing project. Their loyalty is to the new Malaysia, not any particular political party. The outcome of the Tanjung Piai by-election could bear testimony to that.
Sure, many people don’t want Umno-BN (plus Pas) back in power at the federal level. But neither are they prepared to give blind loyalty to any party. Politicians and parties that fail to live up to their expectations for wide-ranging reforms and change will be ditched, dumped, booted out – make no mistake about that.
Read Benedict Lopez’s account of what transpired at the Maju forum last night.