But there is also a vindictive pleasure at witnessing the failure of BN. Years of dissatisfaction with the ruling party, with the 1MDB scandal and Election Day 'blackouts' and circulating rumors of corruption, have made Malaysians a bitter, cynical, and now vitriolic lot - but I'm not sure it justifies the spiteful 'you seeeee?' attitude consequent of winning. Celebrations are part of the fare, for sure, but rancor is not. Nothing warrants rubbing one enemy's face in shit. In fact, it doesn't matter how one's enemy has shat, or if they shat on you and me; it matters only how you and I respond in this critical moment - each critical moment to moment. If winning means that we lose our humility, then it doesn't matter who won the election. We've already lost more than an election could ever give or take away.
So, I say we drop the insults about our soon-to-be former Prime Minister and his wife. I say we thank our National Front - for there are unseen and unsung heroes, and hundreds just like you and I who believe in their cause as much as we do in ours - and we say to them, "Hello. Nice to meet you. Let's eat. Let's pray. And let's begin again."
There is work to do, my friends. And the first point of change is to set a new precedent for the way we treat each other - especially in politics. We can respect those with whom we disagree, not because they've somehow 'earned' the respect (because the truth is, nobody really does), but because we recognize that there are more similarities than differences, and we see that meaningful work is ever only achieved in the spirit of helpfulness and openness, not polarity and resentment. We can engage in polite, ongoing discussion (however long it takes!) and actually listen to what each other is saying, as opposed to televised parliamentary 'debates' where we appropriate research and cite statistics to 'prove a point' with the aim of changing the other's mind.
Let us listen and be helpful. Let us not resort to bashing/mocking/shaming another person/party - because it's violence, pure and simple, to you and me and the better world we want to live in. Let us support the new ruling party, and ask not that they 'prove' themselves to be worthy of our vote, but invite them to shine and be leaders, not politicians, and show us what it means to be better human beings.