Thank heaven, the Internet is available in Malaysia and because of the internet, we are able to get other news of what's happening here in Malaysia and Sarawak back home and not relying on the hopeless The Stars, NST and Utusan Malaysia etc. Sometimes, the stories are so bias that it just turns me off.naturally. But at the same time, we could see the powerful effect of the internet on Malaysia-in the last General Election which took place in last March. For so long the BN has held a tight grip around Malaysia's neck due to their control of mass media, however because of the internet, more and more people turn to the alternative and more neutral source, for instance: Malaysiakini. That's the first.
Secondly, any political parties that wish to make a profound effect on Malaysia's political scene must work hard to win the influence of the youth at large. For all we know, the Malaysian people are mostly still very new, if compare to the Europeans per se; because Malaysia is formed in 1963 and therefore, these young Malaysians who are quite knowledgeable in terms of the use of technology would determine the fate of most if not all political parties in the future. And although most Malaysians who are still in their early 20's are yet to register as voters, however with time, they will and their votes will count. Therefore, it would be a much more open battle between the government and the opposition later as more of these young voters turn to the internet for correct information and old propaganda that includes racial and religious issues are quite irrelevant, if truth be told.
I was at the Youth Convention recently, held at PWTC and I had the privilege of listening to some speakers of how we youth would be the replacement of current management. True, sooner or later, we would take control of these country because it would be our time. Besides the point, I've seen many young and talented youth in terms of intelligence and leadership and it just gives out a promising aura, isn't it? Quite truthful, we are sick of the racial politics and everything from NEP to everything else that just not quite relevant these days. What are the relevant matters then? Building a proper country, equality for all and I just can't help but admire the way the politics in America is being moulded currently.
Well, it is a reminder. A reminder to every political party to not neglect the youth's views but take them into consideration. If they think the old methods would work again in the next general election, sorry to say but it's like walking around in the woods-dark surrounding, refusing to use the torchlight.The same goes to Sarawak as well. I've heard some of the things that local politicians said to the long house people, but trust me, few years from now, that tactics are just hopeless and not going to work anymore.