Malaysia is heading into its 12th General Elections this coming weekend. For the last 50 years or so, the elected government has always been the National Front coalition of parties which include the Malay UMNO, the Chinese MCA and the Indian MIC amongst others. Malaysia is a multi-racial country with a cultural heritage and history which has seen huge contributions from each of its ethnic groups. It therefore seems fitting that a coalition of different ethnic parties should govern the country and bring it forward. This was a vision that many Malaysians bought into, the Malaysian dream.
In hindsight, it was probably not a good idea. The problem is that it still remains a coalition of ethnic based parties when what we should have been striving for were national parties that represented all Malaysians and not just their ethnic groups.
This election is also different in that many of the candidates standing for elections are young; the next generation of leaders – some in fact are the children of established politicians. However, instead of being a breath of fresh air and reform, they have for the most part made this the most depressing election yet for me.
They don’t make them like they used to. This new generation candidate has turned out to be arrogant, rude and unclear about the principles of a democratic government.
Where at least their forefathers tried to woo the voters with sweet talk and promises, this new generation are showing their disdain for voters.
Here are some phrases from this new breed of politicians on the campaign trail that I have either heard or read about in the news.
“I don’t care whether you vote for me or not. I do not need your votes.”
“Don’t talk to me about the issues now. I will meet with you after I win the election.”
“We can win this election without the Chinese or Indian votes.”
“I don’t represent you. I represent the Party.”
Wow. Way to win my vote.