KUCHING: An early general election with Undi18 implemented will not bode well for Pakatan Harapan (PH) and other opposition parties.
Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) Youth chief, Datuk Snowdan Lawan said the voters, particularly the youths, will make the election an avenue to respond to the false promises and unfulfilled manifestos made by PH during the 14th General Election (GE14).
“The sentiment now is that former PH supporters including the youth group will teach PH a lesson for their 22-month failed administration,” he said.
He said this in response to a recent claim by Democratic Action Party (DAP) secretary-general Lim Guan Eng that the government’s fear of a backlash from youth voters who are facing high unemployment and low wages could be the reason for the delay in the implementation of Undi18.
Snowdan said if there was any backlash to be had from Undi18, it would affect the opposition more than the Perikatan Nasional (PN) federal government.
The Youth and Sports Assistant Minister said, the PN federal government had been delivering results compared to PH which was constantly mired in politics.
“People have witnessed the results brought in by PN for the past year especially in combating the Covid-19 pandemic. It is a total contrast to the PH era where fault findings, political persecutions and revenge were prevalent,” he added.
He noted that numerous initiatives were being undertaken to empower the youths.
“We care so much about trying to empower the youths to lead and we put them in a competitive advantage through participation in civic engagement, democracy building, youth-led media and community decision making.
“The series of activities like small business start-ups (Youth Creative Fund), social (Sambutan Hari Belia, Jelajah Belia Sarawak, Transformasi Belia, Youth Leadership Programme and Youth Camp), sports, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and community driven events are avenues where we engage our youths,” he said.
He added that the Sarawak National Youth Organisation (Saberkas) was a fine example where the youths are nurtured for leadership.
The Balai Ringin assemblyman also urged youths to take proactive initiatives to check their own polling and voting particulars such as addresses and location with the Election Commission (EC).