A VOTER’s responsibility towards the nation doesn’t end the moment the ballot is cast. In fact, that’s only the beginning.
Umno Youth chief and Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin (pic) hopes to see young people translate the energy they had for GE13 into action, by continuing to push for what they believe.
“Even if they didn’t support Barisan, as long as they believe in a cause and are willing to work in a non-partisan way, I would wholeheartedly welcome (the idea of) working with young people to pursue their objectives,” he said.
There are many ways young Malaysians could make their thoughts relevant to the policy makers as well as be involved in any decision making. And if the number of posts regarding GE13 on social media is any indication, the young people are definitely interested to be part of the nation building process.
“Democracy doesn’t just work once every five years. It is a long process. Young people can be actively involved either by being a volunteer or joining pressure groups,” said Seberang Jaya MP Dr Afif Bahardin.
One of the ways young people could be involved is by spreading awareness via any medium.
“Social media has awakened political consciousness like never before and people are talking on a daily basis about serious issues. It has resulted in people wanting to do something about these issues, which is by going out there and voting.”
Nevertheless, Khairy also noted that as much as social media is timely and fast, there is a flipside.
“There’s confirmation bias. (You should) check the source properly. Just because there’s news that suits your political inclination doesn’t mean it’s true.”
And as much as Facebook and Twitter helps in spreading awareness, best online casino Khairy stressed that nothing beats working on the ground with people who share common interests.
“I don’t want to belittle people on Facebook saying that that’s all they do. It increases consciousness. Of course, it would be better that they do something about it – go out there, advocate something, write emails, lobby, pressure for change, organise forums or debates.
“They can continue to be politically engaged and informed. Some may want to continue to be politically active – join a political party and take up certain causes, and work with the state and federal governments to champion certain issues,” he said.
On the same note, Afif said: “Young people should continue with the struggle to bring change, uphold human rights, freedom of expression, rule of law and to fight racism and extremism to the fullest. Keep spreading the message and stay actively involved in civil society groups or political organisations. Politics needs more young and talented people,” said Afif.