Malaysiakini Letter

Will Malaysia witness a 'voter-tsunami'?

JD Lovrenciear  |  Published:  |  Modified:

LETTER | Now that the prime minister and his entourage have bulldozed the electoral delineation bill (widely seen as recklessly) through Parliament, it is yet to be seen how resolute and determined the voting public will be come the 14th general election in Malaysia.

Indeed, what was most obvious is the speed and haste clocked as the Parliament speaker saw to the seeming or token debate before a vote was taken in the august house of democracy, not forgetting the embargo placed and the consideration that there are cases pending still in court.

Next, the country awaits with apprehension over Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's pending move on the Anti-Fake News Bill that may be ploughed through despite the registered concern from various quarters and media practitioners.

The question hovering here and in the region is how are Malaysian voters going to register their true feelings come GE14.

Will they walk to the polling booths with indifference? Or will they with a surrendered will leave everything to 'God's will' as it seems to have been the trend in the past?

Or will a voter-tsunami turn the tables around despite all the strategies that have been meticulously put in place to give a return of an even more strengthened BN coalition government to power?

While pundits and analysts will be busy peddling their two cents worth in the run-up to the general election, one fact sticks out.

The GE14 is not an election in isolation. It is, by any argument, connected to the past three general elections.

The intensifying trends seen since the days of the reformasi and the double-slaying of Anwar Ibrahim have driven the current government to plough through the electoral delineation and see that the Anti-Fake News law is passed at all cost.

But let us not kid ourselves. The ground sentiment is no more one of race or religion.

Malaysians have crossed the barriers of race insecurities and religious fears since the explosion of the Altantuya murder, the Scorpene scandal and the 1MDB debacle.

If you have your ears to the ground, you do know how Malaysians of all social strata feel.

Today, from fishmongers to executives to housewives to professionals, there is a common concern of alarm being openly shared in person and of course on social media.

This is despite the many feel-good stories preached through government machinery and by sworn loyalists.

The haunting question that only time can decisively answer is, is there a voter-tsunami in the making?

The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini.

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