Artwork by Ee Xuen Chong
We’re done with Season 13 of Malaysian politics and by god, the finale episode on May 9 was… woahhh!!
Malaysia’s hotly contested 14th General Elections went down in history for Malaysians who replaced Barisan Nasional, the former ruling coalition for the first time ever in the nation’s 61 years of independence!
Malaysians of all shapes, sizes and colour began queuing up before the sun could even rise to end a six decade long rule of Barisan Nasional. The date marked the start of a new chapter under Pakatan Harapan led by a 93-year-old former prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad. Mahathir had quit politics in 2003 but decided to make a return.
The coalition, consisting of Anwar Ibrahim’s PKR, Mahathir’s PPBM, DAP and Warisan was formed a year in advance to boot out Najib Razak who has been heavily linked with alleged scandals, gruesome murders, disappearance of a commercial flight, oppressive policies, and the stifling of freedom of expression.
Malaysians rose to the occasion to send a resounding message; that they’re capable of replacing a complacent government. The momentous occasion which many Malaysians have now dubbed, “Malaysia’s second independence day” comes after five Bersih protests over the years since 2007 to have free and fair elections in the country.
And yes, Season 14 of Malaysia debuted its first episode yesterday with the swearing in of Mahathir Mohamad as Malaysia’s 7th prime minister!
Many of these artworks were selected from the Doodle Malaysia – Do you doodle? Facebook group. Eksentrika highly recommends Pakatan Harapan, the current ruling government of Malaysia, to collaborate with these talented artists to assist in the reformation efforts of Malaysia *cough* get them do logos *cough* education *cough* *cough* more art spaces *cough*