Mat Salleh pun tahu sejarah Malaysia

I was showing my husband (American) this video and explained to him that Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah is a long-standing UMNO member who was on the wrong side of Mahathir during a conflict in the 1980s.

“He was on the B Team right?”

“Team B. But I’m really impressed you know that!”

“I’m learning slowly, dear.”

I really am impressed. I think most of our generation who, like me, were in kindergarten or embryos during that time won’t even know what the hell the 1988 constitutional crisis was about. It was one epic, operatic drama that pretty much wrecked law, justice, and politics in our country, but went largely unnoticed because the bureaucracy was left intact so life kept humming along as usual – except for those who were swept up by Ops Lalang.

Anyway, watch this video, it’s pretty awesome. If you’re over 21 and have not registered to vote yet, go to the nearest post office and do it. It’s free and only involves filling out a 1-page borang. At some post offices in large cities they can actually scan your IC and register you automatically without the borang.

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