Youth can be a political force without relying on parties, claims movement

Source: The Malaysian Insight

Wan Hamidi Hamid (second right) moderating a forum titled ‘Dear Political Dinosaurs, Why You Still Around? Kthxbai’ with panellists (from left) Dr Teo Lee Ken, Fadiah Nadwa Fikri and Izzah Dejavu at Petaling Jaya, Selangor, last night. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Hasnoor Hussain, December 17, 2017.

MALAYSIA’S youth can be a viable political force without relying on political parties in spite of their historically low turnout at the polling booth.

A youth movement made this claim amid concerns that young adults are either not registered to vote or will opt not to cast their ballots in the 14th general election.

“Politicians on both sides fail to provide a narrative. Youth feel we need to create a new Malaysia that is just. We want marginalised voices to be heard,” Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, a 34-year-old lawyer told a forum in Petaling Jaya last night.

“Nobody cares when we talk about voting, for example. Voting can be a means to change something but we cannot (limit) our humanity to the voting status,” she said at the forum, entitled ‘Dear Political Dinosaurs, Why You Still Around?’ which was organised by Malaysia Muda.

Fadiah spoke of disillusionment with leaders from both sides of the political aisle.  Read more

EC: Young Malaysians still not keen on voting

Source: The Malay Mail Online

PUTRAJAYA, Sept 27 — The Election Commission (EC) expressed concern today over young Malaysians who still refuse to register as voters.

EC chairman Tan Sri Mohd Hashim Abdullah said that from the roadshows at local universities and colleges, only 2,700 students registered from around 30,000 people met.

“They (youths) say they don’t know (about voter registration), don’t know where to vote and they don’t want to be involved in politics.

“They relate voting to only politics. They also think their vote has no weightage,” Mohd Hashim said during a press conference at the EC headquarters today. Read more