As everyone would have known, I’m 22 this year which means that I’m eligible to vote in the 14th general election. Wow, now I am actually becoming adults :0
I was pretty excited to vote (first-timer thing haha) because finally, I can exercise my rights as a citizen to choose my desired government. General election is quite an important day for Malaysians because every 5 years, everyone’s opinions and thoughts of the government would be expressed on the ballot papers. Sad truth, that is the only way you can change the government in Malaysia.
My voting area was in DUN Mambau and Parlimen Rasah. Meanwhile, my voting centre was in SK Taman Rasah Jaya and it is freaking near to my house, so I thought, meh can go there at 10 am no worries not many people will be there. But, HELL NO. As soon as I arrived in front of the school, the road was super packed and parking was incredibly difficult to find. Well, like everyone did, we parked quite far and braved the scorching heat that morning and walk to our voting centre. It was quite a sunny day.
After getting a white slip that stated my serial number and my saluran number, my sister and I straight away went to find our saluran. Mind you, we both got different saluran therefore we queued at different places. Mine was saluran 13, in which got sooooo many youngsters, most probably those bornt in 90s. When I saw the freaking long queue, I was like shit…this is going to take forever….But I went on and lined up for the sake of my beloved nation and guess how long I queued up?
THREE HOURS. OR 180 MINUTES. OF STANDING. SCROLLING MY TWITTER INSTAGRAM SNAPCHAT WHATSAPP. UNTIL I GOT BORED. UNTIL MY BATTERY REDUCED TO HALF.
I started queuing at 11 am and at 2 pm, finally my turn arrived. It only took only 3 minutes maximum (lol I don’t even know why the line was moving so slow) to complete all those voting process. The first person will check your IC and find your serial number and read out loud your name, then the person beside her will check your fingernails and you need to put your finger in the ink bottle. Last person sitting would give you the ballot papers and here comes the most awaited part – casting the vote.
The voting counter for me is quite low so I had to bend down a little bit to pangkah the X. Menggigil jugak nak pangkah haha. At that time, my physical was quite tired and it took me awhile to make sure that ok, this calon is the one that I want to vote, not this one and even after casting my vote, I triple check whether I voted correctly. Minutes later, I finally walked out of the voting room, feeling proud and relieved at the same time. I finally voted and gave my trust to God. Whatever happens, God shall protect us.
After waiting for my sisters to complete their voting process (they had only short queues fml), we then went to have our overdue lunch at the mall. There were so many people at the mall and I couldn’t help but to secretly judge everyone’s index fingers. HAHAHA. Sorry, peeps. We had our lunch and did some window shopping and headed back home feeling tired but relieved that we managed to vote on time. It was a pity that some voters in other places couldn’t cast their vote by 5 pm because the queue was too long. SPR, you had tonnes of things to improve in future okay?
Like other Malaysians would do, we kept ourselves glued to the television at that night to listen to the full results. Like previous GE, everyone expected BN to win like meh they will win as usual.
Who knew that night would be one of the longest night ever in 2018…….
The whole nation (including me and my family) waited until 4 am for the full results. LIKE WTF IS HAPPENING?????? Lots of press conferences by SPR and finally, the winner emerged.
PH won. And BN lost.
WTF IS THIS? DID WE JUST VOTE BN OUT?
I took some time to fully understand the fact that BN really lost. I mean, they had never lost before in any election and this time, they went down so badly. BN lost so many parliament and state seats, even in places where they had won in GE13. The lost was so shocking that went beyond the public’s predictions. History was made on that day. The opposition finally tasted the sweet victory after decades of battles. 9 May 2018, you’ll be forever remembered. The day when the whole nation decided to embrace change in our future. Quoting a reporter from Astro Awani, hari raya demokrasi.
p/s: Here’s a link to an interesting article about GE14 for you to read!