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LETTER | Lead this nation against ageism and hypocrisy

LETTER | Why do we have to be apologetic whenever it concerns Muda? They may be a political party representing our youth but certain people have made it sound like it is a novelty.

PKR has included youth representation all this while and nurtured political figures since their youth such as Nurul Izzah Anwar, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, Chang Lih Kang, Fahmi Fadzil, G Manivannan and the list goes on. Who are the recognisable faces in Muda other than Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman?

This is not an attack but perhaps a caution against self-entitlement behaviour before the coming general election seeing Muda preferred to go against PKR in Larkin during the Johor state election. Where was the camaraderie then as a unified opposition front?

Muda should stop relying on Pakatan Harapan allies to back them up whenever cornered or getting reprimanded for any misleading media narratives.

It is no secret that Muda is a friendly party with Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his associates, which is understandable for a political party in its infancy to learn and leverage from seasoned politicians. However, you cannot have your cake and eat it too.

PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli’s advice for all quarters to refrain from announcing which seats they will contest in the upcoming general election is a salient point that stretches further. Certain things are meant to be discussed privately before sensationalising them to create a public perception.

Media reporting also plays a big role in this as the difference between Muda expressing their intention to join Harapan is a far cry from accepting an invitation to join the coalition.

I am all for it when it comes to building a bigger and stronger coalition to face BN and Perikatan Nasional in GE15 but we must first align our values and be transparent in every dealing. Our nation has suffered enough from hypocrisy and it is time to steer this nation against ageism in leadership and governance.

AIDI AMIN is PKR Ampang division secretary.

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