I am now at the Ayer Keroh RnR of the North-South Highway. Having an ice-blended cappuccino. On my way back to KL.
I don't know when I will come back to Johor again. It seems that I have no reason to be in Johor anymore.
My friend Ai had also cut short her break for the election and fly back to Taiwan last night.
She was so heart broken with what happened, especially the total rejection of the Chinese community in Gelang Patah towards their MB of 18 years Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.
My other friend, Tinsel who took over Ai's blog BIGCAT had estimated that Ghani got less than 5 per cent of the Chinese votes in Gelang Patah. You can read it here Abandoned
My estimation, however, indicated that Ghani received even less than that from the Chinese community. ACTUALLY, IT IS LESS THAN 3 PER CENT.
Can you all just imagine that.
Ghani, who had served as MB so well and helped the Chinese community with all that he could for so many years being snubbed like that. All his works and friendship with those Chinese NGOs apparently doesn't count for anything to the Chinese of Gelang Patah.
I was told by my friends who are close with Ghani that he was till the final hours of polling, still believed that his Chinese friends in Gelang Patah, especially among the Chinese NGOs will never betray him.
But in the end, betrayed him, they did.
Ghani had actually expected he could get up to 30 per cent of the Chinese votes in Gelang Patah. He had hoped to secure a victory in the Chinese-majority constituency and prove to the rest of the country that the Chinese would accept a Malay with a good track-record like him as their leader. He had wanted so much to prove that his Chinese friends in Gelang Patah were real friends who will support him despite him being a Malay.
These Chinese of Gelang Patah whom Ghani had trusted so much are respected Chinese community leaders, leaders of temple associations, leaders of local Chinese social groups etc. Ghani had went out of his way to help them all in one way or another when he was a Menteri Besar.
Ghani had put up a dignified campaigning strategy and refused to be drawn into conflict with his rival. He didn't hold a single rally throughout the campaigning period in order to prevent the heated campaigning from reaching the boiling point. All he did was meet all his so-called "old friends" and appeal to them to give him their votes so that he may prevent the polarization of Malaysian society.
Of course, as it turned out, they are not his real friends.
They demanded what they want, take what were offered by Ghani and then they spit in his face.
Ai, before leaving last night, told me she wants to end her studies in Taiwan and come back to Malaysia. She said she has no motivation left to study the culture of a race which clearly despises someone like her.
Well, maybe Ai was being too emotional. But I can understand her sentiments. Maybe she will later cool down and reconsider.
By the way, Ai is not going to write her weekly posting in this blog anymore. She said she is done with blogging. She admitted that she was wrong for advocating a more Chinese-friendly BN government when she runs the BIGCAT blog. She said she now just want to continue with her life and does not want to care anymore about politics.
I didn't ask her whether she is still planning to marry her Chinaman.
Well, farewell dear Ai. Take care and may you find happiness.