Malaysia election: Young voters say they are tired of 'old' politics

Many cannot identify with any party and lament shortage of youthful leaders on both sides

Barisan Nasional flags flying in Putrajaya as visitors capture the sights yesterday. Malaysia's ruling coalition and the opposition have unveiled help measures targeting young voters in the run-up to the May 9 elections.
Barisan Nasional flags flying in Putrajaya as visitors capture the sights yesterday. Malaysia's ruling coalition and the opposition have unveiled help measures targeting young voters in the run-up to the May 9 elections.PHOTO: REUTERS

Mr Muhammad Haziq, 24, studies automotive technology and acknowledges former premier Mahathir Mohamad's role in setting up Malaysia's national car industry. But he does not feel strongly about voting for the 92-year-old's opposition party in the upcoming polls on May 9. In fact, he is not keen on casting his ballot at all in his constituency of Subang Jaya, Selangor.

"I am not enthusiastic because there are too many old politicians on both sides, and not enough young leaders who can relate to my struggles as a student, worrying about the high cost of living and my job prospects," he said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 11, 2018, with the headline 'Young voters say they are tired of 'old' politics'. Subscribe