KUCHING: The next generation of leaders must normalise good politics to address the toxicity in the political environment, said Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii.
“I strongly believe that the youth are the barometer of the nation, and if we fail to nurture them properly and give them hope, we are failing in our duty.
“That is why to address such disappointments and political apathy, we cannot be doing the same thing over and over again, but rather put in an effort to ‘reset’ and shift from the old to the new.
“However, it is not enough to deconstruct; we need to replace with better constructs. The move to address the bad and toxic politics that is currently plaguing our country is not a ‘pause in politics’ but rather a practice of good politics,” he said.
He said this in a Facebook post after participating in an online forum organised by Melaka Democratic Action Party (DAP) Socialist Youth on Saturday night.
Dr Yii said with ongoing turmoil on multiple fronts, politics and Covid-19 included, the youths are jaded with lack of leadership in steering the nation during these turbulent times.
“It is fully understandable why more and more people, especially the youth are losing hope not just in politicians, but also the democratic system that is supposed to uphold their voice and mandate for the country.
“This for me, is worrying especially when our young lose hope on the system which many have given their lives to uphold and protect, or even worse, when they give up and do not see themselves in Malaysia’s own future,” he said.
Dr Yii said good politics is not defined by age but through the principles and values that is adhered to by the person themselves.
“That is why we have a collective responsibility to build such a culture and nurture such values including the normalisation of good politics within our generation and the next,” he said.