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COMMENT | 'I will not waste time going out to vote'

Francis Paul Siah

Published
Modified 9 Feb 2021, 12:54 am

COMMENT | A senior editor with a publishing house in Kuala Lumpur and a dear friend sent me this message last week.

“I am not going to vote when the 15th general election (GE15) is called. All the politicians around today are morons. None of them is worth my vote. Why should I waste precious time going out to vote for morons?”

That was a private message (hence, no name is mentioned) but it is no secret that many are harbouring such sentiments. I believe many Malaysians are also considering that option, rightly or wrongly.

Since voting in Malaysia is not compulsory (so, be assured that you would not be fined or jailed for not voting), it has become a personal choice. People do not vote too for a variety of legitimate reasons.

Those who have decided or contemplating not to vote will surely have one key reason on top of their list – they are sick and tired of politics in this country. Either they have lost all interest in politics or they choose to be indifferent. Who can deny the voter that right to make a personal choice?

This is also a time when...

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