The recent forum on the movement to boycott Barisan Nasional (BN) and the opposition in the 14th general election (GE14) shows that the campaign boils down to four little words: “We really don’t care.”
The talk, which was held on Jan 25, was led by a panel including Bersih secretariat member Mandeep Singh, Universiti Malaya lecturer Khoo Ying Hooi and #UndiRosak campaigner Hafidz Baharom.
“We really don’t care… if it’s a BN or Pakatan government,” Hafidz said after he was asked how voters could effect change by spoiling their votes.
After viewing a clip of the forum, an observer said, “Pakatan Harapan (PH) needs no new enemies with #UndiRosak around.
“If we do not make a stand now, things may get worse and there may not be another chance to put things right for a very long time.”
Another observer said, “It is apparent that #UndiRosak is clueless. One minute, the #UndiRosak representative was telling us to spoil our votes; the next, he tells us to go and vote.
“He cited the failure of the opposition to form a shadow cabinet, among other things. Easy for him to criticise, but he failed to mention the successes of the opposition-held states, despite the odds stacked against them.
“The opposition is like a boxer who must take on his opponent in the ring with both hands tied behind his back. That is how difficult it is for the opposition.”
During the forum, Khoo urged Hafidz to be more responsible and consider the consequences of what he advises the public to do.
Mandeep meanwhile said the movement had no narrative, and highlighted Hafidz’s frequent repetition of “I don’t care”.
“We deserve a better tomorrow,” he said. “Vote and make a change. Care for your country.”
But Hafidz said Malaysians had lost trust in BN, PH and PAS.
He said, “I gave Pakatan 10 years to grow up, but they did not grow up. Now, just go out and vote, but ruin your vote. Just show that you have lost faith in them.”
The #UndiRosak campaigners have shown their true colours: They are immature, irresponsible and indolent.
The country is teetering on the edge of a knife, between sinking deeper into intolerance and profligate spending, or receiving a lifeline through the possibility of working with former adversaries like Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
For 60 years, Malaysians have been unable to fight for meaningful reform, while those in power have made it impossible for them to be toppled.
The #UndiRosak discourse was unconvincing, and their “don’t care” stance has failed to persuade Malaysians.
They claim that Malaysians want younger politicians; so why don’t some of them offer themselves for election instead of just criticising others? Why not pick on the 60 years of failed Umno-BN rule?
Contrary to #UndiRosak’s assertions, Malaysians care deeply about their country’s direction. They are not apathetic.
They refuse to act like spoilt millennials who are full of themselves, who reject making little sacrifices and hard work, and who expect things to be handed to them on a silver platter.
Malaysians care, and they are not prepared to spoil their votes and allow others to further plunder the nation.
As an NGO activist said, “Hafidz needs to grow up.”
Mariam Mokhtar is an FMT columnist.
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