A NEW DAWN FOR MALAYSIA 马来西亚的新晨曦

God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
Psalm 46:5 NKJV

As dawn broke following the night of the election results, I scrambled out of bed to the shops nearby to buy a newspaper. Sold out. I drove into town to jostle with the boisterous crowd that has descended around one small newspaper vendor and got a copy. Minutes later, every paper was gone. You could sense an excitement after one of the most intense elections in the history of our land. Against all odds, a 92-year old former prime minister in the person of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammed has emerged to lead us again. He displays a feistiness and mental wit that defies his age; his stature and vast experience has lent stability to the leadership of a coalition that has never been in government before. A new dawn has broken. In a uniquely Malaysian way, the old has passed away and the new has come. Hope reigns afresh.

The celebrations have now settled into a more purposeful mood as the realisation sinks in that there is a huge amount of work to be done if the new coalition is to fulfil its 100-day pledge to the people. The countdown has already begun. The abolition of GST, the investigation into the 1MDB Scandal, the reviewing of landmark projects by the previous administration are three priorities, among others. These are tall orders, and will need time. The cabinet will be appointed soon, and here, we will gauge the competency and sincerity of the new government in tackling the issues they have promised the people. We must pray for the government God gives us (1 Tim 2:1-3).

We have prayed as a church together for God to rule in these elections; for God’s will to be done, for righteousness to reign, for darkness to be rolled back, and above all, for the elections and what follows to be peaceful. Those have all come to pass. Now is the time to work together as a nation to stem out corruption at the top, to heal the rift among races so that we see ourselves once again as “Bangsa Malaysia”, and to restore freedom and space for all religions. God heal our land. God bless Malaysia!

神在其中,城必不动摇;到天一亮,神必帮助这城。
诗篇46:5

随着宣布投票结果那夜晚的黎明到来时,我立刻起床到附近的商店购买当天的报纸。殊不知已经卖完了。之后我驾车到市区,找到了一个报纸摊并与那里的人群来了一场争夺战后,终于买到了一份报纸。数分钟后,报摊的每一份报纸都卖完了。你们一定能够感受到那份选举后的刺激感,这是我国历史上最激烈的的选举之一。我国前首相敦马哈迪医生,93岁高龄,排除万难,再次崛起来带领我们。他展现了与他年龄不相称的斗志与智慧;他的声誉和丰富的经验,让一个从未组织过政府的联盟组织有了稳定的领导方向。新的黎明已经来临。旧的事物已经过去,而新的事物也即将到来。希望被从新点燃起来。

举国欢庆的气氛已逐渐沉淀下来;若新的联盟组织欲在100天内兑现对人民的承诺,他们还得付出更多努力以达到这个目标。倒数计时已经开始。废除销费税(GST),彻查一马公司(1MDB)丑闻,以及重新审查上一届政府所通过的重点项目,是众多宣言中优先被关注的事项。这些事项并不简单且需要时间去解决。内阁即将被成立,我们将会凭着新政府所承诺的事项去评估其办事能力与诚意。我们必须为上帝所赐给我们的政府祷告(提莫太前书2:1-3)。

我们当初以一个教会一起去为选举祷告,寻求神带领这次的选举;让祂的旨意得以进行,让正义得以彰显,让黑暗被吞没,最重要的是让整个选举前后能够平安地度过。这一切都已经实现并过去了。现在我们应该团结起来,杜绝贪官污吏,修复各个种族之间的芥蒂,以使我们能够再次称自己为“马来西亚同胞”。最后就是恢复宗教自由与空间。神治愈我们的土地。神佑马来西亚!

Philip Lyn 医生牧师

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