KUALA LUMPUR – April 24, 2018: A few analysts spoken to today think that having some new faces as candidates in the elections on May 9 will help the ruling Barisan Nasional win more support, especially among women and youths.
Associate Professor Dr Ahmad Martadha Mohamed of Universiti Utara Malaysia considers this to be a responsive approach.
“Women and youths play an important role in politics. Thus BN has made a good approach and is using a sound strategy as there is a huge number of women and young voters this time,” he said.
Martadha further agrees with BN’s decision to drop some controversial and problematic past elected representatives and that having more professionals and academics as candidates is also a refreshing change.
“There are good signs this time that BN is getting at par in winning over the more matured voters. These voters clearly want their elected representatives to be capable of voicing their wishes on how the country should be better managed.”
Universiti Teknologi Mara’s Associate Professor Datuk Dr. Ismail Sualman feels that BN is more sensitive than ever to the changing voting trends.
“The new women and youth candidates are professionals not only because of their education and careers but also because they are exposed to the political environment. The young blood are fresh and motivated and can help win over young voters,” he said.
Ismail is also of the view that the senior ones among the candidates should have been retired.
“Some have held their positions for three or four terms. The opportunity should have been given to new faces.”
Associate Prof. Dr. Jeniri Amir of Universiti Malaysia Sarawak agrees that the new BN lineup is balanced between the old and new faces.