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By Mahathir Mohd Rais

The Johor’s State Election to be held next month has been the newest heated discussion among Malaysians. The discussion includes uncertainties of which political party will be elected to lead Johoreans. 
One thing that we can be sure of during these times of uncertainties is the importance of the state election. The people are once more given the chance to choose their leaders which will impact their future wellbeing in every way possible.
The democratic system in Malaysia is a fair system that allows the people to acknowledge the true power lies in their hands. This power is recognized by politicians which is why fake promises and desperate measures are made to manipulate the people of this country. 
I don’t usually talk about the Malaysian political state as much as I talk about the topics of social issues but I believe that it is about time that I try my best to make our people understand about the importance of voting for the right political party. 

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For the upcoming Johor state election, there are a few things that we can expect from it. First, around 700,000 new voters are registered and most consist of the younger generation. This basically means that changes will happen to the usual voting scenario as most of the younger generation are very liberated and open-minded. They are more open towards accepting change and standing up to inequalities that are causing so much pain to many people.
The people of Johor must remember the atrocities that Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan have done. Our national embarrassment, Najib Razak is being ‘forgiven’ for causing so much damage to the name Malaysia as well as the people of our country. His desperate attempts to be recognized as a competent leader has been nothing but useless. The people that are loyal to him are just in it for money. 
Just like the recent statement given by Annuar Musa, claiming that those in power left after Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed resigned as the 7th Prime Minister in 2019 when the pandemic first started to spread. The thing is, we are not disappointed that they left, instead we are happy because they showed us how incompetent they are. These politicians proved to us that they are just in it for the benefits. Their fight was never for the people of this nation.

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Pakatan Harapan (PH) isn’t as competent as well. When their leader was found guilty in a sodomy case, he was easily forgiven without any consequences. This seems to be the routine for these parties, they tend to follow their emotions and pardon anyone that seems to be beneficial to them. 
These corrupted minded people are the same people who gave us empty promises after the 14th General Election in 2018. The lies that were being fed to us were utterly embarrassing. Promised the people a good amount of financial aid, but in the end, only RM30 was dished out. 

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Additionally, the instability under the PH government was evident. Smaller issues are led into bigger ones. Is this truly the type of leadership that we are seeking for from a government?
To be extremely honest, Perikatan Nasional (PN) has been called a ‘frog’ by multiple parties. People have said that because the politicians in our party left Pakatan Harapan when Tun Dr Mahathir resigned, it was never our fault. 
The reason why the reign under Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin failed was because he was never given the chance to lead like every other past leader. He was put into a situation where he had to deal with the COVID-19 Pandemic. The situation was new and shocking for everyone. Emotions were everywhere and unstable.Nevertheless, Muhyiddin has never gotten into severe controversies over the years. He wasn’t perfect, but he wasn’t the worst one either. He was calm and he even listened to demands of the irresponsible MP’s when they forced him to resign.Recently, the newly approved political party led by Syed Saddiq, MUDA is the new addition to a trend that sees millennials bringing themselves up for a better nation. The promise made to its young members includes ensuring their voices be heard. Undeniably,  the party has obviously targeted groups of urban centric young people for support and in fact groups of urban youngsters with strong financial backgrounds. MUDA’s strategy to reach out beyond its urban and strong financial background youngsters seems to be unclear and uncertain. Is MUDA bringing the voices of the urban centric youths and those of strong financial background per se? What about the voices of young people in other parts of the country? It Seems like MUDA needs to reevaluate their political senses.Whoever the people choose to vote for during the Johor’s State Election must remember that they are there for the people of Malaysia. Our people have suffered enough over the years. Now it is time that we change that and get a leader that is here for the people, chosen by the people themselves.

About the author: Mahathir Mohd Rais is the Bersatu Segambut Division Chief of Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia. This is an opinion column. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of this publication.

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