Boycotting GE14 will only help BN, say analysts, activists


Looi Sue-Chern

Abstention and spoilt votes are not only likely to deliver the election to Barisan Nasional, but also win back for the ruling coalition the two-thirds parliamentary majority that it lost in 2008. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, January 21, 2018.

SOCIAL media has become the platform for a general election campaign of another kind – the kind that calls for voters to boycott the polls or to cast spoilt votes to protest the lack of choice.

These anti-GE14 campaigners have started online discussions and are spreading messages under the hashtags #UndiRosak or #SpoiltVote, and #ProtesPRU or #GEProtest.


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  • Is there a likelihood of BN having a hand behind these campaigns? In my opinion, those calling for a boycott of the GE14 general elections are selfish individuals who do not care a hoot for the welfare of the downtrodden Malaysians, a majority of whom are struggling to make a living and feed their families. Besides, in lamenting for a lack of choices of candidates in the forthcoming GE14, have they put forward any proposals or suggestions for alternate choices? It's in the best interest of our beloved country to ignore these group and come out in force to vote! Your own future, the future of the next generations are in your hands! The force is with you!

    Posted 3 years ago by Ong Taik Kheng

  • From.day of Merdeka, the Alliance, now BN has counted on divide and rule as a strategy. It's not just those who refuse, excuses for notifying, every leftist environmentalist, DAP dissenter, Bersatu and PKR dissenter, Sabah Sarawakian who refuse to join the coalition, they are in bed with Hadi Awang. The problem is our system of first past the goaline has little room for too much differentiation. It literally there is no room for a multiple of priority.

    Posted 3 years ago by Bigjoe Lam

  • The GE 14 is a rejection of who is worse. Mahathir had 22 years to move away from race-based politics, and get back recognition of his ancestry. Mahathir could not show his family tree on his father side beyond his grandfather whereas politicians in USA traced their roots hundreds of years back into Europe, and they do not feel they are less-American. Mahathir had to outwardly purify his blood to claim to be 100% Malay so as to play the race-card. Zahid called him Iskandar Kutty. That proves that all along UMNO members knew all his past, and kept silent where appropriate. The Malaysian constitution allows Indian or mixed Malay like Mahathir to be PM, with Mahathir pretending to be pure Malay. Had Mahathir chose to follow the lead of Tunku to make this land for all its inhabitants, helping those based on needs, and opened up UMNO to all Malaysians like Dato Onn Jaafar wanted, no UMNO members during that 22 years dared object, and Malaysians perhaps could be proud of him for doing the right thing. Unfortunately, he chose to use the race-card, and that allowed him to use cronyism to legalize institutional corruption. The UMNO leaders after him just followed his playbook, and with the government institutions rendered to serve the powerful, Mahathir can now say that the corruption is more rampant now than it was in his time.

    Some 60 years after independence Mahathir has created PriBumi, a pseudo-UMNO to contest in GE. PriBumi has only 1 MP and two ADUNs, and yet it is given the top-dog position in Pakatan Harapan. Quite obviously, Mahathir will not change his racist-way in governance. MCA accused DAP now of joining Priumi led Pakatan Harapan quoting the damage Mahathir had done to the country. MCA forgot that it was in Mahathir's government that Mahathir perpetrated all those sins. MCA could not stop Mahathir then and it should not stop DAP from trying.

    Najib did not deny that he had 2.6 billion ringgit in his personal account. He said it was a gift from Saudi Arabia, and we know that Saudi is implementing GST. Najib wants us to believe whatever he has said. But Malaysians are educated, and we can think quite independently. AG told us that there was nothing to investigate, and many reports on 1MDB are now state secret. If there was nothing wrong, isn't it better for the government to prove it, since Saudi GST says that they do not print gold, currency notes yes.

    1MDB alone tells us that the government should go. But UMNO will not change unless it is forced to. The only way to force UMNO to go back to its role back to Tunku's days is to force UMNO to be out of federal government. Pakatan Harapan can make that happen. At 93 Mahathir serves during the pleasure of God. He can't do too much harm in a limited amount of time. In any case we want UMNO to change, and Pribumi will help in that regard. So for the GE 14, choose PH so that UMNO can emerge a better political party. Hopefully MCA is totally wiped out.

    Posted 3 years ago by Meng Kow Loh

  • The GE 14 is a rejection of who is worse. Mahathir had 22 years to move away from race-based politics, and get back recognition of his ancestry. Mahathir could not show his family tree on his father side beyond his grandfather whereas politicians in USA traced their roots hundreds of years back into Europe, and they do not feel they are less-American. Mahathir had to outwardly purify his blood to claim to be 100% Malay so as to play the race-card. Zahid called him Iskandar Kutty. That proves that all along UMNO members knew all his past, and kept silent where appropriate. The Malaysian constitution allows Indian or mixed Malay like Mahathir to be PM, with Mahathir pretending to be pure Malay. Had Mahathir chose to follow the lead of Tunku to make this land for all its inhabitants, helping those based on needs, and opened up UMNO to all Malaysians like Dato Onn Jaafar wanted, no UMNO members during that 22 years dared object, and Malaysians perhaps could be proud of him for doing the right thing. Unfortunately, he chose to use the race-card, and that allowed him to use cronyism to legalize institutional corruption. The UMNO leaders after him just followed his playbook, and with the government institutions rendered to serve the powerful, Mahathir can now say that the corruption is more rampant now than it was in his time.

    Some 60 years after independence Mahathir has created PriBumi, a pseudo-UMNO to contest in GE. PriBumi has only 1 MP and two ADUNs, and yet it is given the top-dog position in Pakatan Harapan. Quite obviously, Mahathir will not change his racist-way in governance. MCA accused DAP now of joining Priumi led Pakatan Harapan quoting the damage Mahathir had done to the country. MCA forgot that it was in Mahathir's government that Mahathir perpetrated all those sins. MCA could not stop Mahathir then and it should not stop DAP from trying.

    Najib did not deny that he had 2.6 billion ringgit in his personal account. He said it was a gift from Saudi Arabia, and we know that Saudi is implementing GST. Najib wants us to believe whatever he has said. But Malaysians are educated, and we can think quite independently. AG told us that there was nothing to investigate, and many reports on 1MDB are now state secret. If there was nothing wrong, isn't it better for the government to prove it, since Saudi GST says that they do not print gold, currency notes yes.

    1MDB alone tells us that the government should go. But UMNO will not change unless it is forced to. The only way to force UMNO to go back to its role back to Tunku's days is to force UMNO to be out of federal government. Pakatan Harapan can make that happen. At 93 Mahathir serves during the pleasure of God. He can't do too much harm in a limited amount of time. In any case we want UMNO to change, and Pribumi will help in that regard. So for the GE 14, choose PH so that UMNO can emerge a better political party. Hopefully MCA is totally wiped out.

    Posted 3 years ago by Meng Kow Loh