"The sharp knife of a short life

I've had just enough time..."

- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry

I see Beauty in many things. And like the ghosts that only speak to you if you notice them, they tell me wondrous tales. With my camera and my thoughts, I captured these as faithfully as I can to share with you. And by doing so, they gave me the reasons. And though the thousand reasons may not all be sweet and some indeed bitter; they are still reasons to live. Come to think about it, that is Life, isn't it?

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Malaysia Votes – One Nation, One People, Divided.

I've had just enough time... to vote for hope

My finger stained blue on election day...

Today, the 5th of May, my countrymen votes. It has been an emotionally charged period that has divided and polarized the nation. If there is any agreement in rhetoric, it is – we should stay “united as one nation, one people”. The government said we are and should persevere this proud heritage. The opposition said we are not and pushed for a change.

But the sad thing for Malaysia is – the people know better. Whether it is the government or opposition, things are not going to change that much.  Discrimination by race is so deeply ingrained that it is not going to disappear overnight. It is only – “Will it be better or worse than the current state?” Whether it is for the citizens who condone it for the benefits they bring, the citizens who oppose it for the pains they suffer or for the majority who live with it because they don’t know what else to do. We are all living a lie. The country is sick because the people are sick. And we are all sick because we made moral and ethical compromise; and we made them because we are not brave enough to stick our necks out and things are not bad enough to compel us to. And, we are afraid that things will turn out worse.

I have my finger painted blue this morning after I cast my vote. I left the polling station with a heavy heart because I voted not with enthusiasm and optimism. I voted for what I think it is the lesser of “two _____”. And I cry for my country because of that.


  1. 1000 Reasons
    My finger stained blue after voting.
    I voted with hope and a heavy heart.

    Here's hoping that all goes well for the deserving people of your great nation.

    ★Prometheus-BD added this photo to his favorites.
    Hoping that the hopes and aspirations of the general people are reflected! Good luck

    ★Alice Wyss1 added this photo to their favorites.

    Lets hope the change happens for the better,
    Have a great Sunday!
    ★ineedathis added this photo to his favorites.


  2. ho.ge
    exiting day! Hope the better will win!
    ★ho.ge added this photo to her favorites.

    There are a lot of photos and video in FB about foreign worker got IC and qualify to vote today ..this really made me feel disappointed:(

    I already cleaned the said indelible ink on my finger :(

    1000 Reasons
    Yes, I saw that too. Even flying them in by plane loads and transferring by bus loads to voting centres. I wonder what is the definition & interpretation of "treason"?

    1000 Reasons
    I let it sit for quite a while and it still cleaned off quite easily. They said 6-7 days!


  3. -Josh Birchall-
    great shot here love the idea

    ★Onasill added this photo to his favorites.
    A wondrous concept. Take care Thou

    Nice shot.

    Paddu Rao
    Divided ? Sad !

    Nirmali DekaBaruah
    Great brotherhood in blood. I believe the thought **we are under one roof. One god in a different shapes**

    Just wondering if 'Hope' and 'Heavy heart 'exist together. I wish patriotism replaces treason, not only in Malaysia but everywhere. May people's dream come true! Hope for the best Thou! Have a wonderful week ahead!

    ★Geo_grafics added this photo to his favorites.
    We pray the best for you ALL !!

    娜 娜☂Nana
    Malaysia Votes – One Nation, One People, Divided.
    This is a very disconcerting vote : (

    ★5div added this photo to his favorites.

    Yasmin de light - Busy - catching up slowly
    A thought provoking title Thou - I hope you will have a happy outcome. Best wishes

    henrhyde (gill) Been Away Catching Up
    Grand presentation of this image

    oola *
    there are too many in the world who vote for the better of two evils...
    that is not how it was supposed to be...
    I do not fav this image because of my sadness... not because I disagree

  4. It's hard to make a choice, if there is no choice. (((


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