December 3, 2017
A Youth’s Take – A weekly column by Zaidi Azmi
IT is no secret that when it comes to politics, the majority of the country’s youths are stuck between a rock and a hard place.
So much so that over 2.5 million of them could not be bothered to register as voters to be eligible to vote in the next general elections.
The majority of those who do register however told pollster Ibrahim Suffian that they disliked both the government and the opposition.
Some even wanted to sleep through the elections and honestly, why this is the case is a no-brainer. Both sides have a rich roster of off-putting characters.
For example in Barisan Nasional (BN) there’s the self-professed foul-mouthed Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor who landed in hot soup simply because he could not differentiate a slow-learner and an underprivileged student.
He was also the one who thought it was reasonable to ask women to dress shabbily in order to avoid sexual harassment.
And who could ever forget Datuk Ahmad Maslan’s most impressive faux pas to date, where he, with great gusto, assured Malaysians that the Goods and Services Tax will make some items cheaper. Boy was he dead wrong about that.
And we move on to the opposition.
PKR’s Rafizi Ramli used to be a huge star among youths and looked like a real star but he stopped shining following his disastrous gaffe of a political manoeuvre — the Kajang Move in 2014.
Rafizi then continued to self-sabotage his political mojo upon admitting that he was merely joking about the existence of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s infamous million ringgit diamond ring when her husband threatened to sue him.
Next we have the DAP’s Lim Guan Eng, who is now nationally known as the guy who had practically developed Penang island into a clogged basin.
Lim blamed almost everything under the sun as the cause of Penang’s crippling flood last month. Everything but the endless hillside developments on the island.
And when Penang BN assemblymen tabled a motion calling for an immediate stop to the approvals for such developments, the Lim-led state government amended it into a motion to tackle the effects of climate change. Say what?
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang may look like a good alternative, until you realise that he has 65 unpaid traffic summonses since 2002 amounting to RM13, 750.
So against such a backdrop, it is indeed understandable why some may prefer a nice long nap over queuing up at the polling centre.
But it would be interesting to see if my peers – the incessant moaners and grumblers on social media – have the gall to stop complaining and cast their votes in order to make some real changes.
Because judging from the online furore, it would seem that we, the so-called ‘Strawberry generation’, have strong opinions on how the country should be managed.
Don’t know which side to vote? Simple, vote for the one you hate the least.
If Zaidi Azmi isn’t busy finding his way in the city, this 26-year-old northern kampung boy can be found struggling to make sense of the Malaysian political scene. Zaidi can be reached at email@example.com.