The Election Commission has announced that Nomination Day in conjunction with the15th General Election (GE15) will be held on 5 November 2022 and polling day will be on Saturday, 19 November 2022. During the course of the next few weeks, Malaysia will be abuzz with announcements of nominees and number of seats to be contested in the upcoming polls.
Since the last General Election back in 2018, we have seen the collapse of two governments, and resignations of two prime ministers. During this period of time, several parliament members have switched parties for their own convenience and interest. As a result of this, the Malaysian people have been adversely affected. Our GE14 votes were ignored and our voices muted by greedy cronies and irresponsible politicians who betrayed our country, its democracy and its people.
In the previous election, Malaysians voted for change and a new ruling party - to form a new government for the first time in our country since 1955. The rakyat were excited and hoped to experience a change of government when the Pakatan Harapan coalition was voted to lead our country. Unfortunately, they only ruled for two years, as just before the Covid 19 pandemic, the Perikatan Nasional coalition underhandedly took over the government. Since then, the rakyat have been enduring not only the aftermath of the pandemic, but also serious economic and political instability. These crises have escalated day by day, and Malaysians have lost their patience and trust in the governing coalition.
Sadly, GE15 is set to take place during Malaysia’s monsoon season, and it is going to be rather challenging for the people. Instead of planning and preparing for the floods and other necessary arrangements for the forthcoming rainy season, politicians are wasting resources, campaigning for an untimely election. The haste in which this election has been called seems to telltale the ruling party’s desire to have certain criminal charges dropped on members of their party. Most Malaysians are aware that they are not truly interested in preparing for the dreadful floods which caused havoc in our country last year, nor are they interested in the welfare and well-being of the rakyat.
At our Parish level, we are doing all we can to prepare for the floods. We have formed a Parish Flood Relief Ministry (PFRM) and conducted our first meeting with volunteers on Saturday, 15 October 2022. Urgent matters were discussed and highlighted, and training sessions have been confirmed. We are still looking for more Parishioners to come forward as volunteers. All are welcome to join, including family and friends who may not belong to our Parish. Our first training session will be conducted on Friday, 28 October (online session) followed by an in-person session the following day (29 October 2022) at our Church premises. If you or anyone you know would like to volunteer, kindly contact the Parish office during office hours.
In line with our preparations, we are also organising a Family Day Carnival in conjunction with the 6th World Day of the Poor 2022. For this year, the Holy Father, Pope Francis has chosen the theme, “For Your Sake Christ Became Poor” (cf. 2 Cor 8:9). This event will be held on Sunday, 13 November 2022 within our Parish grounds. There will be food stalls, exciting games, entertainment, stage performances and lucky draws with many prizes to be won. The main objective of this event is to raise funds to help the flood victims and to provide for the poor.
We invite all Parishioners to participate and support our efforts to raise funds for this worthy cause. The success of this event will benefit those in need of assistance. Coupons for the games and food are already on sale and donations are most welcome. Kindly refer to the bulletin for further information.