“Only matured youth leaders can lead M’sia out of ageism and hypocrisy”

WHY do we have to be apologetic whenever it concerns MUDA (Malaysian United Democratic Alliance)?

They may be a political party representing our youth but certain people have made it sound like it is a novelty.

PKR has included youth representation all this while and nurtured political figures since their youth such as Nurul Izzah Anwar, Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, Chang Lih Kang, Fahmi Fadzil, G. Manivannan and the list goes on.

But who are the recognisable faces in MUDA other than Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman then?

Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman

This is not an attack but perhaps a caution against self-entitlement behaviour before the coming General Election whereby MUDA had decided to take on PKR in Larkin during the Johor State Election in March.

Where was the camaraderie then as a unified opposition front?

MUDA should stop relying on Pakatan Harapan (PH) allies to back them up whenever cornered or getting reprimanded for any misleading media narratives.

It is no secret that MUDA are friendly parties with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his associates which is understandable for a political party in its infancy to learn and leverage from seasoned politicians. However, you cannot have your cake and eat it too.

That PKR deputy president Rafizi Ramli has advised all quarters to refrain from announcing which seats they will contest in the upcoming general election is a salient point that stretches further.

Certain things are meant to be discussed privately before sensationalising it to create a public perception.

Media reporting also plays a big role in this as the difference between MUDA expressing their intention to join PH is a far cry from accepting an invitation to join the coalition.

I am all for it when it comes to building a bigger and stronger coalition to face Barisan Nasional (BN) and Perikatan Nasional (PN) in the 15th General Election (GE15).

But we must first align our values and be transparent in every dealing. Our nation has suffered enough from hypocrisy and it is time to steer this nation against ageism in leadership and governance. – Sept 10, 2022


Aidi Amin is PKR’s Ampang Division secretary.

The views expressed are solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Focus Malaysia.

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