The nation’s political forces have failed miserably in pushing the right buttons to get 3.8 million citizens on board the decision-making boat


The problem with Malaysian politicians is that they just don’t get their priorities right for the better good of the masses.

As usual the same old bandwagons will tread the towns and villages begging or ‘buying’ for votes when general election season comes.

Money, bags of rice, bicycles, ovens, sewing machines, free petrol, ‘ang pow’ packets and other goodie bags will be distributed in the name of doing charity, fulfilling corporate social responsibility, and on humanitarian grounds by all these political leeches.

Loads of promises will flow in their public forums, speeches and talk shows broadcast via mainstream or social media.

Shameless as ever they will promise to better everything under the sun as though the ordinary folk are so handicapped mentally to believe them.

GE14 is no better. The idiotic and unbearable stench of lies and deceit radiating from political parties has started picking up steam and could only get worse as the days get nearer to polling.

Now that there is an active campaign to urge voters to spoil their ballots on polling day via the #UndiRosak call, some politicians and even the Election Commission (EC) have voiced their disapproval of it.

Basically the issue is being stretched unduly by both sides of the political divide and the EC.

They seem to ignore the fact that the more serious concern to address is actually the nearly 3.8 million eligible Malaysians that have to date failed to register as voters.

The figure 3.8 million is equivalent to 26% of the current registered voters of 14.6 million. That is a very significant number of those who are practically abstaining from exercising their rights under the constitution.

Just think about it — the Singapore government is decided by less than that number. In the last general election, the republic had only nearly 2.5 million eligible voters.

The point is that these 3.8 million potential voters should be the main concern of the Barisan Nasional government and Opposition parties.

Though existing laws do not compel every citizen above the age of 21 to register as a voter and neither is there a system to auto register them once a citizen reaches that age, should not the BN and Opposition work harder to motivate this group?

The nation’s political forces have failed miserably in pushing the right buttons to get these 3.8 million citizens on board the decision-making boat.

Putting the blame on them by saying that they have a ‘tidak apa’ attitude or could not care less about what happens to the future of the country just does not sink in any society that is looking to jump into being an advanced country.

The BN government is so proud of applying its National Blue Ocean Strategy (NBOS) on almost every policy and strategy.

Why does it not employ NBOS then to motivate this group of 3.8 million? Or is it that NBOS is just hot air to impress government servants and used as window dressing during political presentations before an audience?

On the other end, the Opposition is no better. They bash the forces behind #UndiRosak but are just not convincing enough to move these 3.8 million potential voters to come forward.

People are beginning to give up, feeling nauseated with their continuous rhetoric, so much so that the opposition front today is labelled BN 2.0.

The Opposition has proven beyond any doubt that it lacks youthful and forward-moving leadership, more so after it nominated Dr Mahathir Mohamad as its PM candidate if it wins GE14.

All those cries and shouts calling for reformation, change and empowering the young are nothing but full of hollow promises to the people of Malaysia.

The ‘voice’ of the 3.8 million unregistered voters is too loud to be ignored.

Both BN and Opposition leaders are harping on the wrong issues and equally hopeless on many fronts.

Forget the #UndiRosak or similar campaigns and get down to improving the lives of ordinary people. And fix the ‘3.8 million problem’ first.