“The ongoing political turmoil has stimulated youth involvement in politics more than ever before. This angry segment is not as nostalgic as the older generation and will be less affected should UMNO or PAS disappear tomorrow”
Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
اينله چاراڽ ‘مهليڬاي’ محي الدين اكن رونتوه…
The 15th general election has to be called sooner or later.
The Perikatan Nasional and Barisan Nasional run government will never weather a single day as partners once the Emergency is called off.
Should the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong decide to stretch that Emergency, the electorate, sick and tired of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, will only shun them more and more.
Once parliament is dissolved, the fate of the country will suddenly rest in the hands of a majority comprising those aged 45 and below.
Should the election be held before July, those aged 18 to 20 will not be able to cast ballots. But as it is, the country’s median age is a shade under 29, and over 60 per cent of its population is under 40.
And that’s bad news for Barisan Nasional and Perikatan Nasional.
The youth segment is terribly affected by the Movement Control Order (MCO) and all its permutations and feels that the present government did absolutely nothing to secure their future.
Unemployment is sky high, and Southeast Asia’s largest online employment company, Jobstreet, once estimated that the economic slowdown would lead to one million people being unemployed by December 2020.
A report released by R. Hirschmann on the 22nd of September 2020 revealed that 12 per cent of those aged 15 to 24 years were unemployed, a figure that practically doubles if we took into account those aged 25 to 40.
That’s scary, and the youth is both scarred and scared.
And what do they see?
1. A new coalition of leaders scrambling over one another for positions of power while the rakyat is told to sit at home and weather the pandemic out.
2. A bunch of power crazed ministers and deputy ministers – the largest ever in Malaysian history– talking about the need to “flatten the Covid-19 curve” while wheeling and dealing in smoke-filled rooms to destabilise state governments, putting into jeopardy existing preventive measures.
3. The biggest ever cabinet in Malaysian history sucking up millions upon millions in additional ringgits to feed new ministers and deputy ministers while the man on the street loses his job or is forced to close his business.
4. State governments talking about increasing the salaries of assemblymen and Executive Councillors while the largest ever cabinet in Malaysian history imposes impossible conditions for the rakyat to withdraw from EPF.
5. The Prime Minister warning the people to follow Standard Operating Procedures while Members of Parliament travel to and fro Sabah, engaging in multiple ceramahs that put thousands upon thousands of Sabahans at risk due to breaches in social distancing rules.
6. A government punishing the people for wrongdoings by these Members of Parliament as a new MCO is introduced to “flatten the curve” these very Members of Parliament helped spike in Sabah.
7. Leaders from the ruling bloc passing empty, meaningless threats to one another, threatening to plunge the country into yet another political crisis and frightening off investors in the process.
8. Investors pumping billions upon billions of dollars in the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, giving Malaysia a definite miss due to “shifting political grounds and governance problems.”
9. PAS manipulating the religion of Islam to justify SOP breaches by its minister and Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang contradicting himself on many instances, including his stance on the need for a state of Emergency (refer article below)
10. A bunch of self serving Malay-Muslim leaders telling all and sundry that their truest intention was to unite the ummah while these very leaders shoot poisoned arrows at one another, destroying the ummah in the process.
11. An illegitimate Prime Minister clinging on to power by calling for a State of Emergency, giving himself additional powers to battle the very pandemic he himself helped exacerbate.
12. This Prime Minister dishing out position after position to Members of Parliament just to stay in power while the average breadwinner struggles to make ends meet.
Power, money, greed, politicking, double standards – remember how the youth told their folks back in the kampungs in 2018 to “take whatever the government gives but vote for Pakatan Harapan?”
Well, imagine a lot more of these people, wiser and more internet savvy than ever, hurt by the pandemic and pissed off with government over its ridiculous power struggles and what have you.
We’ve met many of them, and they’re really pissed. Do you actually believe that the 21 to 40-year-old segment will vote for Barisan Nasional or Perikatan Nasional in droves?
Let’s not forget the Malay-Muslim segment that is pissed as hell with UMNO for refusing to register Muafakat Nasional and wanting to work with PKR and the DAP.
Do you actually think that removing Zahid will solve the problem? Or do you agree that whichever way the cookie crumbles, the Malays will move further apart?
The ongoing political turmoil has stimulated youth involvement in politics more than ever before. This angry segment is not as nostalgic as the older generation and will be less affected should UMNO or PAS disappear tomorrow.
When the 15th general election finally arrives, they will opt for a third force comprising a healthy mix of new and old talent, irrespective if those contesting stand as independents or party members.
As long as The Third Force bloc is not formally associated with Pakatan Harapan, Perikatan Nasional or Barisan Nasional, the youth will vote even for a nail on the wall as long as it bears The Third Force tag alongside.
Once the election is over, The Third Force bloc will become kingmaker and decide who it wants to work with and who it prefers as the opposition.
And that, my friends, is precisely how the cookie will crumble. Mark my words…