28 April 2018

Here is our final article in the series – a message for all of us who are eligible to vote!

“Seek the mind of Christ. Vote!”

Rama Ramanathan

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RAMA RAMANATHAN

Civil rights activist

Study the candidates and parties who are vying for seats in your constituency. Think about your aspirations for our nation. Consider what will be best for establishing conditions in Malaysia which will treat everyone as persons of equal dignity and which will ensure that no one is above the law. Preferably, discuss with others. Seek the mind of Christ. Vote!

“Get out the vote, drive your neighbours, family and friends, whoever needs to get to the polling station.”

Ivy Josiah

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IVY JOSIAH

Women’s rights activist

Talk to people why it is important to cast your precious vote, that vote might tip the balance. Get out to vote, drive your neighbours, family and friends, whoever needs to get to the polling station.

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REV. DR. HERMAN SHASTRI

Council of Churches Malaysia

Vote with your conscience, without fear or favour, and uphold the highest ideals of democracy in our country.

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DR. LEE-HWOK AUN

Development Economist

Voters should thoughtfully weigh the choices before us. We should examine the character and agenda of the contending coalitions, and apply heart, mind and strength to a decision that is most consistent with principles and ideals. Be informed, critical and conscientious, and mindful of the pressing issues facing Malaysia today.

“If you love your country, if you care about its future, if you want to ever hope of achieving the dream of a united, peaceful, prosperous, secular and democratic nation (in accordance with the constitution) you must take the time to understand what’s at stake and vote.”

Datuk Dennis Ignatius

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DATUK DENNIS IGNATIUS

Foreign policy consultant

This is the most crucial election in our history. If you love your country, if you care about its future, if you want to ever hope of achieving the dream of a united, peaceful, prosperous, secular and democratic nation (in accordance with the constitution) you must take the time to understand what’s at stake and vote.

As mentioned earlier, as both citizens and Christians, we cannot remain neutral in the face of injustice, unrighteousness, the abuse of power and oppressive rule. We must take a stand by choosing good government and good leaders.

Throughout the Bible, the Lord lays upon us all a very clear duty to take responsibility for the injustice, exploitation, oppression and unrighteousness we see around. We can give expression to that responsibility by voting thoughtfully in the upcoming elections.

“Democracy carries on every day, and the price of an effective and functioning democracy is continuous participation.”

Andrew Khoo

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ANDREW KHOO

Human rights activist

Come out and vote.  Exercise your right as a citizen.  But don’t forget that democracy is not just voting at elections every four or five years.  Democracy carries on every day, and the price of an effective and functioning democracy is continuous participation.

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REV. FR. CLARENCE DEVADASS

Director of Catholic Research Centre

Voters need to come out and vote… this is not the time to allow the culture of “tidak apa” and allow fate to decide our future. Not turning up to vote equals to giving up the right to complain and moan after the elections. Whichever side of the coin you decide, come out and vote. Malaysia needs you!