Dr Patricia Martinez
The #UndiRosak movement is growing big enough for DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng to ask this significantly large group of younger voters to give him their wish list.
PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has dismissed this growing movement as “haters of Mahathir” when many of them were not even adults during the time Dr Mahathir Mohamad was prime minister.
Mahathir himself used the word “sham” when describing alleged discrepancies in the electoral roll for the forthcoming 14th general election (GE14).
Most articles on the coming general election patronise or even insult us with “you must vote … for the lesser of two evils at least”, or worse “vote for change”.
How is “change” effected by participating in and thus endorsing the current system that to all intents and purposes seems thoroughly rigged?
Note, I am referring simply to what has been exposed in the media about what our Election Commission and others have done and raised in Parliament, by researchers who worked on redelineation, and by opposition cases before the courts (some of which have failed already).
Frankly, are these indicators of improper elections just the tip of the iceberg?
Good of you, Guan Eng, to seek our comments but why tell us you will try and get us what we want? Can you actually do that, Pakatan Harapan?
We tried our darndest (huge voter turnout) in GE13. How is GE14 going to be any different?
The opposition was considerable in Parliament after GE13. They tried their best most of the time. But no significant change was effected by using this system again.
Even Parliament, from the reports of its proceedings, appears to be biased towards the present government and perhaps the government to be. The opposition has had many rulings made against them … nothing much has changed.
This PH is not the same as the coalition we welcomed and voted for in GE13.
So those luminaries insulting us as “betrayers”, “delusional”, “hopeless and giving up” for #UndiRosak (I have had to personally endure such abuse on a long-term basis) are themselves delusional.
Malaysians can figure things out for themselves … and we are now cynical, angry, disillusioned, frustrated. Among other possible reasons.
Articles sanitising Mahathir or calling on us to “forgive and forget” and intimating or actually telling us to “choose the lesser evil” horrify me.
I have never knowingly settled for evil, so why should I, when I vote?
Many months ago, I called in Facebook for us to vote but to spoil our votes. Election law requires that these votes be counted and declared as spoiled ballots. They can be deployed for significant power.
I suggest the opposition parties and civil society strategically join us in #UndiRosak and reject the flawed electoral system itself that will keep on giving us the same old outcomes.
A tsunami of more spoiled votes than ones for BN or any opposition party will make the elections a mockery. Bersih may then want to take it to court.
Come on, think about it. Get out of the vicious cycle we are all trapped in, please. After all, remember the leader of the opposition used the word “sham” to describe GE 14.
Oh, yes, I expect much bashing again, so do your worst. Been there, done that (written with a smile).
Dr Patricia Martinez is an FMT reader.
The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of FMT.