| The problem with the #UndiRosak movement - By Commander S THAYAPARAN (Retired) Royal Malaysian Navy
| Friday, January 26, 2018
|Malaysiakini : “‘But if you don't vote, you don't get
to complain ah!’ I hear this snarky comment every other day. This
comment has never gotten to me because it's just ridiculous.” – Maryam Lee
COMMENT | Well, as someone who wrote an article titled, ‘If you do not vote, do not complain’,
I really think that my proposition is not ridiculous. While young
people below the age of 21, of course, have a right to complain, their
complaints only mean anything in a democracy when they vote. When they turn their complaints into action by ticking a box every
few years, it demonstrates that not only are they affirming the
democratic process but also their complaints are not the whining of
immature adults but rather issues that they believe affect the
communities they are a part of. Spoiling your vote is the equivalent of a
Furthermore, if vote spoiling is “statistically insignificant”, then
why bother advocating it? I mean, are you seriously telling people that
ultimately the act of vote spoiling is meaningless, but do it anyway? I get it when people say that there is no difference between Umno/BN
and Pakatan Harapan – it is something that I have said a few times – but
what exactly is gained by telling people to spoil their votes even
though you know that whoever follows your advice would not influence the
election in any significant way?
Surely, there are better ways to start a conversation about how
Harapan should start getting their act together. I attempt to do this
nearly every week and frankly, it gets somewhat lonely. If more people think that Harapan needs ‘reformasi’, they should voice their
concerns in the echo chambers, then the discourse would not be about how
terrible Umno is but more of how Harapan should stand for something
instead of becoming Umno/BN-lite.
I would understand if by spoiling your vote or not voting, this would
hurt both coalitions, but the reality is that this whole movement is
about giving the finger to Harapan, which - intentionally or not - gives
Umno an easier time to achieve victory, again.
Read it all here................
|posted by D.Swami Gwekanandam @ 8:59 PM