‘Youths don’t walk the talk when it comes to politics’

PKR’s Najwan Halimi (centre in blue baju melayu) with supporters on nomination day.

SHAH ALAM: Malaysian youths may talk the talk when it comes to the local political scene but when polling day comes, not all would turn up to walk the talk, says Najwan Halimi, PKR’s candidate for the Kota Anggerik state seat in Selangor.

A total of 4.1 million Malaysians, mostly youths, who are eligible to vote have yet to register as voters as of February this year, according to the Election Commission.

Najwan said youths seem to have forgotten that their grouses could be heard by voting in the general election.

“They always complain that their voices are not heard. However, they forget that they are given the right to express their voice at the ballot box.

“Voting is a battle in which they can let the winning candidates fight on their behalf.

“By sitting down and doing nothing about it, their voices will not be heard. Trust us and let us run the nation for our future generations,” said the 33-year-old when contacted by FMT.

He added that it was impossible for assemblymen to help the people, especially the youths, if they couldn’t even choose a candidate to represent them on polling day.

Najwan said most youngsters had the mindset that a single vote won’t matter and that it was okay for them not to register themselves as a voter, or even not to come out and vote if they had already registered.

“Every vote counts. That is why I am making this urgent appeal to all youths to go out tomorrow and exercise your right.

“Do something for yourself and our future. It is time to change but first, we must change too,” said Najwan, who celebrated his birthday today.

Zafira Anwar contributed to this article.