Don’t vote if they don’t change 

Hafidz Baharom

A FEW days back, there was an editorial here which said there was an insidious campaign telling people not to vote. In fact, there have been constant op-eds published dating back three months on The Malaysian Insight trying to appeal to people to vote.

I love that they used the Brexit referendum, because it goes to show that when both sides of the political divide – this being Labour and Conservative in the UK – did not campaign for the Stay campaign prominently enough, it was somehow the voters fault.

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  • You can't make politicians change by threats of 'not-voting'. It is an inane mischievous 'defeatist' idea. You only allow BN to foment and perpetuate the power imbalance with little incentive to change the status quo simply because you have a weaker opposition.

    However, you may allow/nurture change to happen when there is a balance of power that puts in place strong opposing forces that will filter out the undesirables qualities naturally.

    Allow the opposition a term to rule and you will see them sweat it out to remain in power. You can be certain both sides will be extra vigilant to keep each other in check to win back support. You will find this process will benefit the people when the two antagonistic forces wear each other out to a point they must allow fresh talent in to remain relevant to the electorate.

    Posted 5 years ago by Arun Paul

  • I totally agree with this writer. Other than the names and faces, there is very little that is different about the PH when compared to Pakatan. It is going to be the ideas, same policies , same views, same thinking , same everything. Even the names and faces are not that new - many of the names and faces for the opposition now actually came from BN. Other than because one belongs to a personality cult that venerates this or that person , I don’t see a reason to vote either .

    Posted 5 years ago by Nehru Sathiamoorthy

  • The writer and his like is VERY SELFISH in thinking that everyone is like him/them. While you sit hete throwing tantrums, BN/UMNO is nicely sucking our country dry. "Perfect" doesn't exist in the real world. All we'll ever get is "Good enough". You don't like Dr M ? Me too!!! I don't like DSAI & his wife too! Heck, i voted for PAS in the last GE ! But do i go around telling ppl not to vote ? No! Infact I've even pursuaded my sister to register to vote, apolitical as she was. Why ? Because life is not perfect. If you don't like Dr M then campaign to exclude his party from next GE victory. Jangan dibakar kelambu hanya kerana marah & benci dgn si nyamuk!.

    Posted 5 years ago by Chris Quek