Why people support the unsupportable – Dr. Azmi Sharom

Source: The Star Online

Dr. Azmi Sharom is a law teacher in Universiti Malaya.

Dr. Azmi Sharom is a law teacher in Universiti Malaya.

SHOULD people be given the vote? Are people too stupid to be entrusted with selecting their leaders and the future of their respective nations?

Looking around the world, it would seem that there is a strong reason to believe so. Based on half-truths, nationalist fear-mongering and outright lies, the British chose to leave the European Union.

The Americans have a vile, mi­sogynistic, racist, infantile bully as a potential president. The people of the Philippines are apparently supportive of a presi­dent whose crime-fighting policy amounts to little more than murder.

All these countries have a democratic system of government. At various stages naturally, with some more mature than others, but at the end of the day, in all four nations, people vote. So the question is, are the people too dumb to do so? Read more

Vote rather than protest, EC tells 4 million unregistered youths

Source: The Malay Mail

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 19 — Malaysian youths should express their sentiments through the ballot box instead of street demonstrations, said Election Commission chief Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusof.

Abdul Aziz noted that the latest electoral roll from the second quarter showed that 13.4 million out of over 17 million Malaysians over the age of 21 were registered as voters, which meant that around four million more have yet to do so.

He noted that a joint study by the EC and Universiti Teknologi Malaysia before Election 2013 had shown that a certain segment cutting across all races had neglected to register as voters as they lack interest in politics, adding that some said they had no time and appeared indifferent about their responsibility to vote.

“The odd thing is, many of the youths prefer street demonstrations. When we ask if they have registered as voters, many say that they have yet to do so.

“Shouting here and there, saything that all is not right. That means, they prefer voicing out through demonstrations and not through voting.

“What for? It is better if they register as voters. Then they can say which leaders are liked or otherwise. Any groups that demonstrate, yellow or red, are the same,” he was quoted saying in an interview with Malay-language daily Utusan Malaysia. Read more