Hardest thing to do: seeing things from the other point of view?
|What do you think-the question goes both ways!|
The Bengoh film started from a question which ask: why the oppressed voters of Bengoh don’t use their ballot to voice their unhappiness-as all voters are so entitled? It is not apparent that the question is actually loaded-the question’s implied background is urban and mostly West Malaysian oriented! The making of the film actually become an experience to try to see things from another point of view: if you step into their shoes would you vote differently?
|Can we take away the background to a person to understand him?|
First the assumptions behind the original question: there is a context of expected change in Malaysia through the ballot box starting from the 2008 mini-political `tsunami'(open to dispute-but it did bring some significant changes in the political landscape). Sarawak and Sabah has been holding the `king maker’ cards all these while-but the dominance of BN make this obscure. If the Eastern states voted BN previously there were never this `noticing’ that they did not vote freely or did not vote for their best interests-though the issue become bigger post-2008.2ndly there is also a notion that why the Eastern states don’t vote in tandem with the Western states to bring change. A sense of automatic solidarity is assumed, forgetting that after Sarawak’s Ming Court rebellion happened in 1987 Sarawakians almost toppled the incumbent Taib government by voting 20 seats out of 48 state assembly seats for Opposition candidates ie Taib only won with (28/48=), 58.33% majority; while in the general elections afterwards Malaysians in general returned the incumbent BN with an `enthusiastic’ majority of (127/180=)70.56% in parliamentary! May be the Sarawakians then was asking why the `oppressed’ West Malaysians were sleeping?
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