With Pakatan Rakyat coming to power in a few states, many youths have become interested in politics. This gives Francis Loh hope that the youth will be ushering in an era of New Politics.
Being naive means that we’re not jaded and disillusioned, that we still have the guts to say “We want to make a difference!” writes Kim Khaira.
A whole new generation of young Malaysians who identify themselves with more than Malaysia’s lovely food has arisen. They hopefully will usher in an era of New Politics, observes Francis Loh.
New Politics is the rage now among young first-time voters, who articulate their opposition for entrenched, race-based state policies via social media, says Adil Johan.
Malaysia needs to introduce more inclusive public policies to meet the basic needs of everyone, including women, says Veronica Anne Retnam.
Perhaps the simplest idea we can think of to resolve Malaysia’s problems would be to dispose of those who created these problems in the first place, writes Zaharom Nain.
There’s simply no way of overstating the important role that young people play in affecting change in society. The sooner we acknowledge this the better we will become as a country, writes Azmil Tayeb.
Over the long-term real change will be facilitated through a revamp of the education system which, as Teacher’s Blues describes, now falls desperately short of expectations.
Should Pas’s leaders continue to make unilateral demands, they will only be helping Umno/BN weaken the collective resolve and accommodative spirit that brought the Pakatan Rakyat together in the first place, and by doing so, helping further Umno/BN’s objective of maintaining its hegemonic grip on the country. And so for all our sakes – the Malaysian people’s and for Pas’s sake as well – do rein in these wild horses and keep the PR convoy in line, says Farish Noor, who reminds us that the March 2008 elections was an election for a new Malaysia – not for a theocratic sectarian state, be it in the communitarian mould of Umno or of Pas.