PETALING JAYA: The global political environment of the future will be dominated by youths, says Nicole Wong.
“If political parties desire to capture the hearts of youths, the most direct method is to bring more youth political leaders to the forefront,” said the MCA Youth chief in a statement on Monday (Sept 9).
She named two major factors as having contributed to Barisan Nasional’s defeat in the 14th general election: Social media and the rapid transmission of information.
She said these two factors have brought more political awareness to millennial voters.
“As many as 40.92% of voters in Malaysia's 14th General Election were millennials, and it is estimated that in the next general election, the lowering of the voting age to 18 will increase the number of youth voters by 7.8 million.
“They will have an impact on the entire political environment. Since young voters could overthrow a coalition that had been in power for 60 years, the influence of young voters is absolutely inevitable,” she said.
Wong added that while Malaysia has achieved progress in various fields since independence, the country would develop faster if youths were invited to participate in nation-building.
“If more young leaders can participate in leading the nation, Malaysia will attain greater achievements at a faster pace.
“The world of millennials is unique. Today’s national leaders should not view the world of millennials from the former’s perspective.
“They can exchange opinions with people from different regions without leaving home. Instagram or Facebook can influence the ideas of millennials,” she added.