We did it, Malaysia!

It is a new beginning for Malaysia. As our nation unites to finally put an end to the government that has ruled our country for the last 60 years. 

This was made possible because Malaysians of all different backgrounds, whether it was race, religion, cultural identity or status, came together as one to fight for what they believe in.

Therefore it is my hope that all Malaysians will continue to act as one, regardless of his or her race, religion, social status, cultural identity, gender or sexual orientation.

May this be the end of race-based politics and policies.

Let us now push for freedom of speech, a free and open press, freedom of religion (including for Malays), freedom to marry whomever one chooses regardless of his or her religion and without conversion, and the separation of mosque and state.

Let us also push for the end of censorship in the arts and the end of banning of books, traditional art forms, music, concerts, and “controversial” speakers, artists, musicians, and authors.

Because each and every Malaysian deserves equal opportunity, I also hope for affirmative action policies to be removed by all government universities and that Malaysians will no longer be required to identify his/her race on official forms and paperwork.

It is my hope that one day soon Malaysia will have a truly diverse government, where equal opportunity and access are given and that anyone, regardless of his or her background, can rise through the ranks and become whomever he or she wants, even prime minister.

Let us always remember our responsibility and never take anything for granted. The future of our country is in our hands, the hands of the people, and we must never forget to stand up whenever duty calls.

Let this be a reminder to never give up and that anything is possible if the people stay united.

"We are all Malaysians. This is the bond that unites us. Let us always remember that unity is our fundamental strength as a people and as a nation." - Tunku Abdul Rahman

“All have to be Malaysian first and their communal groups second.” - Anas Zubedy, The Middle Path