Distrust, disinterest why youth voter registration low, says survey

Chan Kok Leong Melati A. Jalil

The political culture in the country, which does not encourage open criticism, is one of the reasons young voters lack interest in politics. – EPA pic, September 21, 2017.

DISTRUST of politicians, general lack of interest, and sense of helplessness are the reasons for the low number of youth voters in Peninsular Malaysia.
Seven out of 10 young Malaysians polled said they found politicians to be untrustworthy and the main cause of Malaysia’s problems today. More than half believe politicians do not care about the people.
Of the 604 young people polled recently by Merdeka Centre for Opinion Research, 70% said they did not care for politics. A same number felt they had no influence over government policy-making. 

The results of the the survey “Perception of Economy, Leadership and Current Issues” were released tonight.
Among those not registered to vote, 53% said they were too busy to register, 30% said their vote would not make a difference, and 17% said they did not know how to register.

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