PETALING JAYA: Sabah DAP says the habit of politicians constantly changing parties is a contributing factor discouraging youths from getting involved in politics.
“Many youths perceive politicians nowadays as having failed them to a certain extent.
“It has pushed them to the point that they no longer trust politicians,” Sabah DAP chairman Stephen Wong told FMT.
He said when it came to politics in Sabah, it was even more serious as there have been many reports of elected reps jumping from one party to another.
“Many politicians have records of being in multiple parties. It has infamously become a ‘Sabah culture’.
“It’s saddening and disappointing as this will lead to youths viewing politics only as politicians furthering personal interests, selfish needs, ignorance and bigotry.”
Wong said politicians fighting for their personal interests, instead of helping people through a difficult time, would most certainly dampen young people’s interests.
He said politicians, not learning to respect voters, had further fuelled youths’ mistrust in politicians.
Wong said “value-based politics” needs to be reinstated, with politicians selected based on their values, not on race, region or religion.
“That is why Sabah DAP promotes ‘New Politics’ where we have young leaders to step up and hold firm to their beliefs and values to fight for real change for Sabah and Malaysia,” he said.
According to a survey conducted by Merdeka Center, titled “Public Opinion Survey: Youth Perception on the Economy, Leadership, and Current Issues”, 70% of youths surveyed said they were not interested in politics.
About 66% were of the view that politicians were not trustworthy, 54% felt politicians did not care about people’s problems, and 66% felt that politicians themselves were the cause of many problems.
A whopping 71% of those surveyed felt they had no influence on the government, and 75% felt that politics was too complicated.
Some 69% felt public officials did not care about the public they served.
The survey involved 604 respondents, aged between 21 and 30, across all states and parliamentary constituencies in Peninsular Malaysia.