At a friend's deepavali open house I started a chat with a politician from a Chinese based party. Inevitably we spoke about the forthcoming general elections and the people's sentiments. He told me that those who are unhappy represent only a small minority. Most of the people, he reckoned, are generally satisfied with the present government.
I do not refute his assumption. He might be right that the noises are mainly coming from those who speak the loudest (or most outspoken). Not happy with his observation, I asked if there is nothing wrong with the present system. Is the current political model viable for his party?
His answer is 'no', can be better and for things to change the most dominant party in the coalition must change first. I remembered speaking to some people about almost the same thing - the NEP. Their replies were almost identical. The other community must change first.
I reckon that if you cannot persuade the others to change, the change must start from yourself. Otherwise, the buck must stop somewhere.
I told him the racial political model will make his party irrelevant regardless. And his party must relook at the entire partnership if the other dominant partner does not want to play fair. It would be foolish cajoling for votes if the support given cannot be translated into mandate for a change.
We want a CHANGE.