I had not been attached to any local political organisation and even now, I still have no interest in joining a political party, but that doesn’t halt me from steering my aspirations of moulding this country in my own capacity.
Besides regularly penning political thoughts in this column, I’m also choreographing political stuff behind the scenes—I’m a parliamentary research officer to an MP, and my job is all about preparing factual parliamentary speeches and questions that are useful in creating doubts against government’s policies and executions.
What I’m trying to say is that I need no political party to express my “political feelings” and I can even tube it via a mainstream channel— a parliamentarian’s voice in the House of Representatives.
Many youths in their 20s like me, who have passion in politics and are passionate about voicing out “ideas”, are not so courageous to be appearing in front of the scenes.
Most of them are just capable of being social media heroes—they hide behind their Twitter and Facebook accounts.
I did always tell a close friend of mine who keeps claiming himself an “UMNO allegiant” to start writing articles on national policies or political opinions on newspapers’ column or letter.
He keeps saying: “Sure bro, I will do it.”
I have been reminding him of it since 2017 and we now are less than 30 days to entering 2020 but still, he remains monologuing his ‘relevant opinions’ on his Facebook status.
As we are walking to the 2020’s door, I urge that Malaysia has to start identifying brave and idealistic non-political youths, whom the current leaders have to give way of inheriting this country’s leadership.
Standing without political party doesn’t make a youth irrelevant. I don’t need to register my name to be a party member before agreeing to be in a live TV show to talk about the 14th historic election and Dr Mahathir’s cabinet members.
What matters the most is our willingness and braveness to voice our concerns out and also our intellectuality of communicating every piece of ideas to the attention of this land’s stakeholders—the voters.
Every nation on this earth must now widely open the door to extraordinary youths to be a part of “building nation” agenda.
Until when should we rely on the same old leaders to lead us?
Until when can hopeful youths be really leading this land that is in desperate hope of fresh restarts?
* Amerul Azry Abdul Aziz is an independent writer who now views politics as something that can be researched.
**The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the position of Astro AWANI.