This is specially written to those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God and is sitteth at the right hand of the Father and that the Father sent the Holy Spirit to them so that they may be guided in truth. Even if you are not a Christian but is one who has the fear of God and believes in the universal values of justice and fairness, I hope you will read on.
As the nation goes to the polls on Saturday the 8th March, 2008, let us be reminded again of the following:-
"Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue, that you may live and possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you." (Deu 16:20) and "This is what the LORD says: "Maintain justice and do what is right, for my salvation is close at hand and my righteousness will soon be revealed." (Isaiah 56:1)
The Lord calls all of us to pursue Justice and maintain Justice. For the rulers and those who govern, "The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, He that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God." (2 Samuel 23:3). Further, "This is what the Sovereign LORD says: You have gone far enough, O princes of Israel! Give up your violence and oppression and do what is just and right. Stop dispossessing my people, declares the Sovereign LORD." (Ezekiel 45:9).
Ask yourselves these questions whether the last batch of leaders whom we have voted in the 2004 elections have performed their duties with Justice and Righteousness in mind. We must also evaluate whether the leaders spoke out for the injustices and oppression in our society or had kept quiet for fear of breaching Party's directions.
Are you convinced that our leadership had heeded the call to "Appoint judges and officials for each of your tribes in every town the LORD your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly. Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous. Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the LORD your God is giving you." (Deut 16:18 - 20) Do you trust our legal system as being unperverted, fair, free of corruptions and favours in the light of the revelations from Lingam's case? Or perhaps you have direct experience of the failings of the legal system and its workings? Do you think that we should continue with our present practices of having the Chief Justice being nominated solely at the discretion of the Prime Minister or should there be a revamp where a competent panel of individuals nominate the rightful and deserving candidate? What do you think of the appointment of The Right Honourable Tan Sri Dato' Zaki bin Tun Azmi from legal practice (and previous UMNO legal adviser with various corporate links) directly to the apex Federal Court in September 2007 and within 2 months, elevated as the President of the Court of Appeal (2nd most senior member of the Judiciary)? Justice must not only be done but must be seen to be done.
Talking about bribery and corruption, are you aware of such practices in our country? If you are, do you think the past leaders whom we elected were serious in ridding our nation of this cancer which is threatening the integrity of our various systems? Are you willing to perpetuate this cancer of corruption which is an abomination in the eyes of the Lord by voting for leaders or parties who close one eye to such practices? "Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds those who see and twists the words of the righteous." (Exodus 23:8) Think before you vote because the Lord makes each and every one of us accountable for our actions.
Do we see the poor and needy around us? "Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice." (Prov 31:9) Do you think that there are groups of Indians who are marginalised till they have no where to seek justice to help their plight? Or do you blame them for being lazy? Have you visited the low cost flats in town? What do you think about the fact that a government that cares builds low cost flats for squatters and thereafter, does nothing to help maintain the flats in a reasonable condition? If they can spend millions to send one man to space, why can't they spend an equal amount to give these flats a new coat of paint to cheer up their living environment or are these people supposed to fend for themselves? Have we got our priorities right?
Do you think that the civil servants have been treated fairly and justly? "Masters, be just and fair to your slaves. Remember that you also have a Master—in heaven." (Colossians 4:1) Are government doctors and teachers given a pay commensurating with their work and contributions to society? How about the police, fire brigade, armed forces and the rest of those who put their lives at stake for all of us? Are they given a fair deal at all? Can we seriously hope to have an efficient and motivated civil workforce if they are paid peanuts whilst we build bridges and buildings which costs millions and open corridors worth billions?
Finally, but not the least as there are much much more you should consider, ask yourself whether you have been given an informed choice over who to vote for this coming General Elections. Have the media given equal coverage to all parties to have their say about what they stand for? Or has it been lopsided to no end? Do you find that you have to turn to the internet for alternative news because of that? Do you find that laws such as the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 have oft been used to advance the cause of the government in power or has the powers been exercised judiciously? The recent debacle on the use of the word "Allah" in the internal publication of "The Herald" is a case in point. Do you think that the Sedition Act was used primarily to shut the voice of those who oppose government policies rather than being used fairly against all who have run foul of the Act? Consider the speeches of some UMNO members such as "Ini negara Islam. You tak suka you keluar Malaysia" or the wielding of a Kris in a threatening manner to prove racial superiority as against the conviction of Lim Guan Eng under this Act for accusing the Attorney General of failing to properly handle a case where the Chief Minister of Malacca had been charged with statutory rape of a schoolgirl. Do you not think that the former has the tendency "to promote feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races or classes of the population of Malaysia" as defined in Section 3(1)(e) of the Sedition Act? Do you think that the way forward for this country is to continue to subscribe and vote for parties which promotes and defends the rights of one race against other races as if we are three or more different races in our country in competition with one another and that there is no such thing as being a Malaysian and that our rights are not actually guaranteed by the Federal Constitution but need to be fought for and defended against?
Think before you vote, if at all you have made it a point to register yourself to vote. Vote with justice and righteousness in mind. Vote with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Vote for leaders who are God fearing and displays Godly character. Vote for the future of Malaysia.