Use the arts for politics’ sake, youths told


PETALING JAYA: A DAP Youth leader has urged young activists to use the arts in their effort to instil political consciousness in their peers.

“Political messages can be delivered through art, music, theatre or stand-up comedy,” said Subang DAP Socialist Youth vice chairman Farhan Haziq Mohamed in an interview with FMT.

“We need to keep the message as simple as possible and yet ensure it touches the heart.”

He acknowledged that the current generation of youths appeared to be disillusioned with politics and that it might be hard to rekindle their interest. “But it can be done,” he said.

Farhan was responding to a statement by an official of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) to the effect that youths were experiencing political fatigue and had become disillusioned with politicians.

Speaking at a forum recently, Ideas chief operating officer Tricia Yeoh said many youths were unable to distinguish between the two sides of the political divide because they saw all politicians as “the same and corrupt”.

Farhan said youth leaders in opposition parties must continuously strive to fuel the interest of youths in politics by offering viable political alternatives.

“Keep reminding youths of the importance of politics by presenting practical policies that address the needs of youths in terms of job opportunities and economic activities that contribute to human welfare,” he said.

“I do believe we need to invigorate the youth. We have been under one federal government since independence. It’s about time to change and see a better future.”

Farhan called on youths to be bold in suggesting new ways of doing things and demonstrating independence in their thinking.

He said politicians would be forced to change their views and policies once the youths started to voice out their opinions and concerns.

“Youths should start voicing out their opinions in regard to the high cost of living, class oppression and unfair wage and job opportunities,” he said. “Only then will the politicians start taking action.”

Farhan also had a piece advice for youth leaders. “Set a good example by not getting involved in corruption or being seen to be involved in it. If we don’t, then we are no different from corrupt politicians.”