Ever since INVOKE started a year ago, we were hopeful of the amount of volunteers we would gain to join us in this cause, all the while mindful that volunteerism may not be a part of the Malaysian culture just yet. So once in awhile, we find ourselves inspired by the volunteers who came, and never left.
With this spirit, we would like to share a story about Ms Chua, a volunteer in Penang that has helped our Penang office since it started.
Below are excerpts from our interview with her:
What’s a short description of your background?
I was a retired UK trained staff nurse & midwife. I got my nursing degree in my 40s. So I was the eldest in my cohort. The first reason I left for England was because I was not happy with the political situation at home but that was then, now my main reason coming back is because I want Malaysia to have fair and good governance.
Why did you volunteer for INVOKE?
Basically it’s because I admire Member of Parliament (MP) YB Rafizi Ramli, for the stand that he used his own money and then organize this NGO, basically it’s to go around seluruh Malaysia, to educate, especially the rural Malays and the fencesitters about the true situation that is happening in Malaysia. Because you cannot blame the rural Malays or I mean anybody for that matter in Malaysia because of the propaganda by TV3, all the newspapers are controlled by the government so the opposition have no chance of a fair hearing. And that’s why I started volunteering, and do what I can.
What are the good/bad experiences collected from volunteering at INVOKE?
So for me, I think when I volunteer for phonebank, I was a bit conscious, also that I was quite pushy, and the pressure to be impartial. I realized in the beginning I was overzealous. Very keen to identify who they are voting for. And then if there’s a persuadable BN supporter, then I would go all out to persuade them, to tell them what is the actual current situation and that you must think of your future generation. Not only for your own race but for the whole of Malaysia. Because if one race is favoured eventually there’s going to be a problem, and I tend to steer the conversation that way and to help voters to think of the larger picture.
What are your hopes for Malaysia?
I am always positive and optimistic that there is a brighter future for Malaysia.