The most current hot issue right now is politic. I am very much pissed when people said that youth now are not interested with politic. Actually, we do. However, not to the extend of politic talks day and night. Especially when it was about political parties that are knotted with old and arrogant people. Youth are more eager to see more young politicians to have a say in the government. And that is exactly what we have done.
We tend to observed the characteristic of the contestant and how they appeal to each individual. Even in an unique case where an old woman (Maimun Yusuf, 89 years old) who contesting for the parliament seat are not far from youth grasp. Some determined young men even built a Facebook page for her. I can't help but to feel proud that most of my friends are very interested to watch the general election results being announce. One of them even said that the feeling of waiting and the level of excitement is equal if not exceed as you're watching a football match. How cool is that?
These are what I have observed for this year elections:
Posters = More plastic waste
Plastic degradation will takes about 40 years. So, if a politician used 10 000 posters, it sums up to 400 000 years of decomposition. I don't think politicians will live that longer. Do they?
Click to enlargeRecycle when it still usable
The last general election's poster and flags (4 years ago) are still hanging high. Even tough some of the faces already faded (as their manifesto) and the flag color already wash out by weather, you could always use it again for the next general election. Just make sure that you are not using someone else posters for your campaign.
Please insist your kids to wear a sunglasses when they are out
You could see the faces of the politicians all over the billboards. The question is, how come they do not even bother to wear a make up or put up their best face before putting up the billboards? There are several reported cases that underage kids are mentally affected (crying) after seeing those scary faces. This will definitely burden their parents especially when they were stuck in traffic jams. Just imagine, one or half and hour fill with cries and honking sound. How merrier!
Newspaper is not for news
Every single damn main newspaper has political motive advertisement all over it (
When newspaper is not enough, you could always turn to radio
To rest your eyes for sore sight billboards, you could always tune on radio. Bored to hear those loud and explicit lyric in the radio? No need to worry anymore. You could hear all the good things that have been done for you. The aim is to make you feel guilty if you're not voting them.
Always blame democracy
not me 1: hey! I win! Thanks to democracy.. not me 2: It's ok, I am lost. That is part of democracy..
Does this reason is actually valid? Please think about something else. Such as, "I do not do my job when I was elected". Want to hear something like this? Dream on brother..
Click to enlargeInternet Heaven
When your main newspaper were spammed by the government ruling party, a youth like me always always fulfill our curiosity by surfing about it online. To spend most of my 'priceless' reading time (as you may recall, most youth are lack reading), I am prefer to read blogs, independent political views and opposition's sites. I have to admit, not all of the content there are correct. But at least, it makes me to think twice about certain things.
Malaysia update: Malaysia has its 12th General Election yesterday (08/03/08). The Government collision (Barisan Nasional) has suffered unexpected lost. 4 of its ministers and 10 deputy minister also lost their parliament's seat. They even failed to win 2/3 of parliaments (Malaysia is using British election system) and just win the simple majority for the parliament.
And Abdullah Ahmad Badawi still doesn't want to step down from his thrown. Even our veteran leader Mahathir Mohamad, who ruled for two decades before handing over to his chosen successor Abdullah in 2003, accused the prime minister of "destroying" the coalition and suggested he should quit. "I think he should accept responsibility for this. He should accept 100 percent responsibility," he said. "I am sorry but I apparently made the wrong choice." Mahathir is straight to the point as usual.
UPDATED by Bluecrystaldude (12 March 2008):
Karim Raslan in his article, WHEN VOTERS SHOW WHO'S THE REAL BOSS in The Star (Wed., 12 March 2008) said that one of the the reason for Barisan failure is the youth's vote.
State your opinions on this matter:
"It is obvious that the ruling coalition has underestimated the impact of young voters. Close to a million new voters (Malaysian voters consist about 10 millions) took part in this election. Their passion and conscientiousness in discharging their duties as citizens have put previous generation of voters to shame.Meanwhile, Marina Mahathir in her article also in the same newspaper, THE VOTERS HAVE SPOKEN said the major lesson from this election is that "power rightfully rest with the people. It's all in that little piece of paper very five years."
The Barisan has simply failed to win them over. To put it simply, the young Malaysians who voted last Saturday are a different proposition from their parents and grandparents. By talking down to them with gross disrespect, the Barisan is simply reaping the bitter harvest of excluding the youth from the political process through draconian laws like the Universities and University Colleges Act."
- Are you interested in politics?
- Do you think that youth lack of interest in politic? Why?
- Do you agree with my observations above?
- Who do you think will be the President of United State? (Would it be Obama, Hillary or McCain?)