Why all these new political parties now? Pundits suggest voters’ disillusionment with the old guard a major cause
The past month saw several new parties on the horizon, which political analysts have said is a reflection of growing public anger towards the government and its handling of the nation.
(MMO) – They also suggested that trailblazers such as the Malaysian United Democratic Alliance (Muda), which was registered in December, have shown that independent parties can do as much or even more than established ones.
“It has become apparent since the advent of the Covid-19 pandemic that people have been kind of fed-up with the antics of politicians from mainstream Perikatan Nasional, Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan parties.
“Such disenchantment with mainstream politicians probably reached an apogee during the recent floods in Selangor and Pahang. People openly questioned whether politicians have their own or the rakyat’s interests at heart,” Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) political science professor Ahmad Fauzi Abdul Hamid told Malay Mail.
He also added that most mainstream politicians are seen as lacking in demonstrating a sense of urgency and empathy when dealing with people even in desperate situations.
“They couldn’t even bring themselves to offer apologies for the many losses of lives and livelihoods suffered by the bottom billion populace. So, yes, some politicians do realise this and are trying to capitalise on this prevailing disappointment with the major political parties.