6 posts on social media that proves a new Malaysia has begun

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It was interesting to observe the shifts happening in Malaysia since Pakatan Harapan was seen to be leading the polls.

Before Mahathir even put ink to paper to confirm his Prime Ministership, the end of a 61-year rule already had profound impacts that spelled out big changes-if not by the ruling party, then within the fabric of our society.

The tone of media coverage shifted, and suddenly many Malaysians felt emboldened to speak out from a different perspective than we're used to.

Here is a list of social media posts that would not have been possible even just a week ago.

1. Rosmah's daughter alleges that her mother was abusive, among other things.

Datin Azrene is more famously known as the wife of celebrity chef Dato' Fazley Yaakob.

Today marks the end of an era of tyranny that many have prayed for. I grew up looking up to these two individuals,...

Posted by Azrene Ahmad on Thursday, May 10, 2018

Almost immediately after Najib was ousted, Azrene came out with a shocking Instagram post alleging Rosmah Mansor of quite a few transgressions-from mental and physical abuse, backroom deals, misuse of power on both the part of Najib and Rosmah, to accusations that the former premier attempted to bring her family down.

Fazrene has come out to corroborate his wife's story.

2. Keow Wee Loong's photos of the former opposition members.

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Early in this Malaysian photographer's career, he shot portraits for Nurul Izzah Anwar. Over the past few months, he had also been involved in campaign shootings for certain Pakatan Harapan candidates because he finds the underdog stories from the former opposition more interesting. To him, they are snapshots of history.

He has recently released his work documenting the former opposition following their tide-turning win in GE14.

According to Wee Loong, his recent work drew the anger of UMNO "cybertroopers"-which led to death threats against him and his family, and fake posts under his name that led to more death threats.

"My home was also raided by 10 cops because of this."

3. This Malaysian is moving back to Malaysia following the change.

For a number of Malaysians who may have moved out of the country due to disillusionment with the previous government, a rising patriotic spirit may bring these individuals back to Malaysia.

That being said, those who are disillusioned by Pakatan Harapan as the ruling government may choose to leave in the place of those returning.

4. Syed Saddiq shares a defence of Tony Fernandes.

Tony Fernandes publicly threw his support behind Barisan Nasional and Najib prior to the votes getting cast.

The mogul suffered huge backlash from Pakatan Harapan supporters online following his endorsement.

Now that Barisan Nasional is no longer on top, Syed Saddiq came out with a statement defending Tony to Pakatan supporters-he claims that Tony was backed into a corner and was pushed to throw his public support behind the previous government following some past actions.

Unspoken hero- Tony Fernandes. . . I’d like to share with you something i have been keeping to myself for a while now. I...

Posted by Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman on Friday, May 11, 2018

5. A Malaysian calling his own work "propaganda videos" for the "People In Power".

"I couldn't afford sardines without the job. I like sardines."

A "propaganda videographer" released a longform confession and recount of the videos he made for the "People In Power". In his account, he recalled one Malaysian in a polo shirt who genuinely believed in the People In Power, but was still disappointed with certain aspects of their governance over his kampung.


6. For some Malaysians, they can unironically declare their love for the Prime Minister.

On social media, many netizens use the term "I love my PM" as an ironic jab. But since Pakatan Harapan won, many segments of this populace were able to declare their love for today's government unironically, that they're pro-government and that they're proud of their country.

This was expressed in a Twitter thread started by TheMingThing.


Mahathir scores shocking win in Malaysian Election

  • Pakatan Harapan chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has officially been sworn in as Malaysia's seventh Prime Minister.
  • Dr Mahathir took his oath of office as Prime Minister before Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V at the Istana Negara at 9.57pm Thursday (May 10).
  • The 92-year-old was accompanied by his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah, DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang, PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar, Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
  • This means that Dr Mahathir will be the world's oldest prime minister and the first Malaysian to be premier twice.
  • At a press conference earlier, Dr Mahathir said he would appoint Dr Wan Azizah as deputy prime minister once he is sworn in.
  • Dr Mahathir received the mandate to form the government through Pakatan, which managed to wrest 113 out of 222 federal seats in GE14.
  • Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks to reporters during a press conference at the Sheraton Petaling Jaya Hotel on 10 May 2018.
  • Mahathir Mohamad holds up a document with the signatures of alliance party leaders naming him as the prime minister during a news conference following the general election in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, May 10, 2018.
  • Najib leaves after a news conference on May 10.
  • Malaysia's outgoing Prime Minister Najib Razak (R) speaks during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 10 May 2018.
  • Mahathir's stunning defeat of the coalition that has ruled the Southeast Asian country since independence from Britain six decades ago means that, at the age of 92, he will become the oldest elected leader in the world.
  • Official results showed that Mahathir's Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) had won 113 of parliament's 222 seats, clinching the simple majority required to rule.
  • Najib's ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional (BN), had 79. Pic: Barisan Nasional party members watch election results updates at the Barisan Nasional coalition headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018.
  • Supporters of Mahathir Mohamad, former Malaysian prime minister and opposition candidate for Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope), celebrate outside the hotel, where Mahathir Mohamad held news conference, in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, May 10, 2018.
  • Mahathir told a news conference he expected to be sworn in as prime minister later on Thursday.
  • Few had expected Mahathir to prevail against a coalition that has long relied on the support of the country's ethnic-Malay majority.
  • Mahathir has promised to seek a royal pardon for Anwar if they won the election and, once Anwar is free, to step aside and let him become prime minister.
  • Ethnic-Malay Muslims have long tended to support BN for affirmative-action policies that give them government contracts, cheap housing and guaranteed university admissions.
  • Mahathir's alliance, which counts on urban votes and support from the minority ethnic Chinese and Indian communities, had hoped the veteran Malay leader would win over voters usually loyal to BN. That strategy appeared to have paid off.
  • Mahathir's opposition wrested control of key states Johor and Kedah, and reduced BN's grip in strongholds like Sarawak.
  • Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad arrives at SK Titi Gajah in Alor Setar at 10.55am to cast his vote.
  • The Election Commission said voter turnout was at 55 percent out of the total 14,449,200 voters in GE14 as of 1pm on May 9.
  • Dr Mahathir Mohamad is keeping a positive outlook on voter turnout throughout the day.
  • By 5pm May 9, some 70 per cent of voters had cast their ballots for what has been dubbed "the mother of all elections". The latest polls show a neck-and-neck race to the finish for ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN) and opposition pact Pakatan Harapan (PH).
  • Voters still queuing up within the compounds of polling stations nationwide for GE14 were not allowed to vote after the 5pm cut-off time but any voter affected can file a petition to demand a re-election.
  • Malaysian Prime Minister Najib votes at a polling station during the 14th general elections in Pekan on May 9, 2018.
  • Malaysians went to the polls on May 9 in one of the country's closest ever elections which pits scandal-hit Prime Minister Najib Razak against his one-time mentor, a 92-year-old former authoritarian leader.
  • The Barisan Nasional chairman arrived at his polling station Sekolah Sains Sultan Ahmad Shah at 9.20 am together with his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor. Najib was all smiles when he was greeted by other voters who were present at the station.
  • 9.29am: PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail voted in SK Seri Penanti in Permatang Pauh. After casting her vote, she immediately left and returned to Selangor where she is contesting for Pandan parliamentary seat there.
  • The Barisan chief is in a four-cornered fight for the Pekan seat. (Pic) Barisan Nasional deputy chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and his wife Datin Seri Hamidah Khamis successfully cast their ballots at the Madrasah Manbail Ulum voting centre at Sungai Nipah Darat.
  • Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai and Datin Seri Lee Sun Loo cast their vote at SK Sulaiman in Bentong.
  • PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, who is defending his Marang parliamentary seat, arrives at SK Rusila in Marang to cast his ballot.
  • EC staff making final preparations at a polling station at Stadium Titiwangsa in Kuala Lumpur.
  • An instruction notice for voters is seen at a voting center on the eve of the 14th general election in Pekan, Pahang on May 8, 2018.
  • Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak (C) offers special prayers a day before the 14th general election at a mosque in Pekan, Pahang, Malaysia, May 8, 2018.
  • Women vote during the general election in Alor Setar, Malaysia, May 9, 2018.
  • People boarding buses back to Malaysia. at Singapore's Golden Mile complex on May 8.
  • Supporters listen to a speech by former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad
  • This picture taken on May 8, 2018 shows Malaysians gathering at an election rally in Petaling Jaya to watch a telecast of 92-year-old former authoritarian leader Mahathir Mohamad.
  • Voters queue up in the early morning to cast their ballots at a polling station during the 14th general election in Alor Setar on May 9, 2018.

This article was first published in Vulcan Post.