We are now past the halfway point of what has been an intense, but also exciting and exhilarating election campaign season.
For me personally, my campaign for the Setiawangsa parliamentary seat has been a humbling and illuminating time.
Meeting as well as listening to countless Malaysians—in Setiawangsa and elsewhere—from all backgrounds has given me a deep insight into their hopes for the future.
I have been moved by their determination to carve a better life for themselves and for their families, as well as their deep and abiding love for our country, Malaysia.
It has reinforced my belief in the fundamental decency and integrity of all Malaysians, whatever their socio-economic status, ethnicity or religion.
At the same time, I am deeply grateful for the help and support I have received from my local and national party comrades, not only in KEADILAN but also across Pakatan Harapan, whether PPBM, DAP and AMANAH.
Despite all the challenges we have faced—the Pakatan Harapan has truly emerged as an alliance of equals and a new paradigm in Malaysian politics.
My experiences have convinced me that political change is an idea whose time has come for Malaysia.
I see in in the eyes of the voters I speak to, not only in Setiawangsa and Kuala Lumpur but across our land.
There is a desire for an economy that provides opportunities for all, rather than handouts. For institutional reform that protects the public interest and the rights of the people.
I see in the hard, tireless work of my party and Pakatan Harapan colleagues, who sacrifice their time and energy for a better future for all Malaysians.
I see it in the massive rallies that Pakatan Harapan has attracted in all corners of Malaysia. Who would have thought that one day that Dr Mahathir Mohamad would stand under the flag of KEADILAN?
Change is possible in Malaysia and change is coming.
But we cannot afford to be complacent. This election is far from settled.
Turnout will be crucial and PH will need every vote it can get. I hope that the Malaysians who have been convinced for the need for change will convince their friends and relatives who are still on the fence to back us—and get them out to vote.
Pakatan Harapan candidates across the country also desperately need volunteers to act as polling and counting agents (PACAs). I hope more will join the ranks of those who have already.
And for those voters in Setiawangsa whose support I have yet to gain—I hope to spend the next couple of days listening to you and learning from you about what you think our constituency needs to thrive in the future.
The status quo is not our destiny. A better Setiawangsa, a better Kuala Lumpur and a better Malaysia is possible.