Loke Kok yee


Malaysia-The Ninth Of May - Poem by Loke Kok yee

The sun broke through with a hopeful gleam
As a country woke to realize a dream
To rid the state of a ruinous blight
Which had for long, been wielding their might
With absolute power to corrupt
And the peoples' rights to interrupt
The gifts of the nation brought to grief
Voraciously plundered without relief
With rapacity that knows no bounds
And thievery that was world renowned

But sinister clouds would soon appear
For to the rules, they would not adhere
The lines were redrawn to hedge their bets
With gerrymandering firmly set
The playing field was uneven made
And laws were passed to make all afraid
The rules exploited to ease their path
Which further heightened the peoples' wrath
And phantoms came in all shapes and forms
For cheating had always been their norm

The people; no more apathy filled
Came out united to stamp their will
Years of suppression had taken toll
Now the voice for change cried from their soul
Through all impediments in the way
They came with resolve; this ninth of May
And this blessed nation will again rise
As a multi-racial paradise
The sun smiled through as it slipped from sight
For Malaysians had firmly shown their might

Topic(s) of this poem: life


Poet's Notes about The Poem

After years of of suppression, my country had finally rose to get rid of a totally corrupted government.

Comments about Malaysia-The Ninth Of May by Loke Kok yee

  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (2/6/2019 8:05:00 PM)

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    the poem is superbly-written. so superb it is that i thought for a moment that i must have written it! ! ! to MyPoemList and to a showcase...if i remember it.

    in Poet's Notes i would change my country had finally rose to ...had finally risen or my country finally rose.

    bri

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  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (2/6/2019 8:04:00 PM)

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    you held my interest all the way through! i did not know how it would end as i don't follow world (or even U.S.) politics. congratulations on the victory; i hope all goes as well as you now hope it will.

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  • Christina ChinChristina Chin (12/5/2018 8:30:00 AM)

    It was a happy day for many! (Report)Reply

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  • Kostas LagosKostas Lagos (5/20/2018 2:55:00 PM)

    I wish the people of Malaysia will have a better future from now on.Great poem! (Report)Reply

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  • Simone Inez Harriman (5/19/2018 4:28:00 PM)

    Hoping that this new goverment fullfills promises and makes a huge positive difference to your country Loke. Your first two stanzas illustrates how corruption, exploitation and indifference to peoples needs ultimately will never suffice and inevitably initiate momentuous change. Feeling your optimism and joy :) (Report)Reply

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  • Dr Dillip K SwainDr Dillip K Swain (5/17/2018 7:07:00 AM)

    The people; no more apathy filled came out united to stamp their will! This is indeed a great poem that echoes the delighted voice of a country which brings fortune to its people through a corrupted free government! Most significantly, you have composed the verse in great rhythm and rhyme! Appreciated the piece of work dear poet! (10) (Report)Reply

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  • Dr Dillip K SwainDr Dillip K Swain (5/17/2018 7:02:00 AM)

    The people; no more apathy filled
    Came out united to stamp their will
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  • Mj Lemon (5/15/2018 1:31:00 PM)

    A great fortune, and a time of tremendous optimism! Your words echo the joy and optimism that may begin to unfold. Sometimes, an election and the expressed will of a people can be a powerful thing. Great verse, Loke! (Report)Reply

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  • Rose Marie Juan-austinRose Marie Juan-austin (5/13/2018 3:08:00 PM)

    Lucky are the people of Malaysia, they were able to unchain themselves from the claws of absolute power and corruption.
    Yes, people have the inherent right of responsive, honest and clean governance.
    A great poem beautifully crafted and well executed.10
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  • Rose Marie Juan-austinRose Marie Juan-austin (5/13/2018 3:00:00 PM)

    A powerful political write and great tribute to your country, Malaysia.
    Very honest, balanced and informative write as regards the affairs of the country.
    Yes, corruption is one of the greatest ills of society. It will bring the people to poverty and its
    domino effect will lead to moral degradation within a particular society.
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  • Valsa GeorgeValsa George (5/13/2018 7:01:00 AM)

    The world recognizes the new strides of progress Malaysia has made in the last few decades. A highly patriotic write expressing the sense of triumph and victory you feel over the judicious way your country men voted into power a deserving leader! A 10 (Report)Reply

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  • Valsa GeorgeValsa George (5/13/2018 7:00:00 AM)

    I find there is so much of relief in you that your country is restored from the hands of a corrupt regime. Like a true patriot, you rejoice over the new political dispensation. Hope your new leader Mohammad will rise up to the expectations of every Malaysian! (Report)Reply

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  • Geeta Radhakrishna MenonGeeta Radhakrishna Menon (5/12/2018 1:08:00 PM)

    Hi Loke,
    Just as i was wondering of your new poems, pleasantly, i am greeted with a lively new poem, on a topic that
    is different. So happy that Malaysia is in celebrating with with a new leader and a new Government.
    Hearty Congratulation, my dear friend. The corruption is gone and a new dawn, full of hope is awaited.....10
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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (5/12/2018 10:56:00 AM)

    What ever dark the night may be it must get morning. (Report)Reply

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  • Kelly KurtKelly Kurt (5/11/2018 11:19:00 AM)

    I hope that the same can one day happen in my country of origin. (Report)Reply

    Loke Kok Yee(5/12/2018 4:46:00 AM)

    Took us sixty one years and against unbelievable odds. Thanks Kelly, and I hope that one day you will be able to celebrate like what the people in Malaysia are doing now

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (5/11/2018 5:17:00 AM)

    Congratulations, My Dear Friend. There had to be an end to the corrupt regime. Let us hope for the best. We also hope that the new incumbent does not repeat the mistakes of the past. He must govern firmly with the dignity of a senior leader that he is and loved by people. (Report)Reply

    Loke Kok Yee(5/12/2018 4:36:00 AM)

    Thank you Rajnish, we certainly place great hopes on the new leader who is in the picture.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 11, 2018



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