Malaysiakini Opinion

Engaging disengagement - the youth vote in GE14

Bridget Welsh  |  Published on  |  Modified on

COMMENT | Comprising nearly 40 percent of the 14.9 million electorate, Malaysia’s youth (those under the age of 35) will be decisive in shaping the outcome of GE14. It is fitting that in this crossroads election about Malaysia’s democracy, the young will choose the path ahead.

The problem is that for many of Malaysia’s millennials (born in the 1980s) and Generation Z (born after the mid-1990s), none of the political parties are adequately capturing their aspirations for the future. Disillusion, disengagement and growing indifference have been winning as the youthful enthusiasm present in GE13 is noticeably absent in this election.

Those that do come out (or come home) will be crucial in determining the outcome of close races. The youth vote will be especially important in ... 

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