In the Eyes of the Non-Bumis

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By Mahathir Mohd Rais

It is difficult to speak for the entire non-Bumiputera Gen Z generation in Malaysia as individuals within this group may have varying opinions and perspectives on the political spectrum.
Nevertheless, non-bumis still hold around 30 per cent of the voters in Malaysia.
It is a huge number, and their needs must be met.
So, what is their view on the Malaysian political spectrum like?
Many non-Bumi Malaysians may believe that the political spectrum is dominated by a small set of powerful and entrenched political parties.
They may be critical of these parties’ lack of transparency and accountability, and they may believe that the political process does not genuinely represent the will of the people.
They may also be distrustful of conventional political parties’ promises and rhetoric, viewing them as disconnected from the interests and problems of the broader public.
Since non-bumis are the minorities in our country, their trust is built upon actions, more than words. 
In terms of policy, they may support more progressive measures like social justice, human rights, and environmental preservation.
They may regard these topics as vital, and they may be critical of political parties that do not take them seriously.
They may also be more likely to support political parties and politicians that advocate for more progressive policies on these problems.
The reason being is that they usually feel like they aren’t treated well, nor are they given many opportunities in the country.
They must fight for their education and basic financial aid on a different level than the bumis. 
Furthermore, they may be more prone to engage in political action and grassroots organisations.
They may see this as a method to keep political parties and leaders responsible, and they may be more likely to take part in protests, rallies, and other types of civic engagement as a result.
This is because it will be the catalyst in pushing the authorities to give them the basic rights that they seek.
We should not view this as something negative, but view this as something empowering, especially when the freedom of speech is being utilised in a country like ours. 
While the non-Bumiputera Gen Z generation in Malaysia may have a varied variety of political beliefs and viewpoints, they may be more skeptical of established political parties and more supportive of progressive policies and grassroots activity.
This is why we must try to find a solution in satisfying the needs of the minorities in our country.
At the end of the day, they are Malaysians, and we must fight for Malaysians.

About the author: Mahathir Mohd Rais (pictured above) is the Information Chief of National Alliance (Perikatan Nasional) Federal Territories. 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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