GE14's Mid-Week Poll Poser - BFM Breakfast Grille

On the 29th of March, The Malaysian Insight, published an article on titled, "Mid-week Polling Date for GE14?" almost two weeks before the Election Commission confirmed the article's speculation. Today we ask what lead the portal to publish that story as well as the subsequent fallout as ordinary voters and political parties count the intended and unintended consequence of this move.

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Political education the key - Sunday Star

Some might say this is expected of the “me generation” but this apathy is a shift from the political awakening that seemed to have taken hold in the last two elections when young voters were a force to reckon with. And it is going against the tide that is sweeping the world where the young are standing up to be counted, even stepping up to take office.They are ‘woke’, says Watan publicity coordinator Liyana Yusof, but that awareness is not in politics. And this is due to a lack of space given to young people to learn politics or get involved in politics, she claims.

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Can Mahathir inject new life into Malaysia's opposition? - SEA Globe

“The choices that are in front of us are not simple,” said Masjaliza Hamzah, Watan’s executive director. “Sometimes when you vote, you do not get the person you want. [But] being a strong voice for democracy is not just about voting every five years – it’s also about what we are prepared to do to ensure the institutional structures are strong. It’s not just one man, but a system.”

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Millennials aim to spoil Malaysia’s polls - Asia Times

Masjaliza Hamzah, executive director at WATAN, says there is no guarantee the campaign’s point will register even with a high number of spoilt ballots, as there could be various reasons for mismarked ballots besides the no-vote campaign. “It is not the clearest way to tell the political class how unhappy voters are with their options. Even if there is a significant number of spoiled ballots in the election, in Malaysia’s first-post-the-post system, the winner will go through even if just by a whisker,” Hamzah says.

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There are (better) alternatives to spoilt votes - The Mole

At the end of the day, a spoilt vote that is cast in protest will end up in the same heap as the ones which are spoilt but have no political attachment. This was the view of WATAN executive director Masjaliza Hamzah in relation to the increasingly vocal vote-spoiling movement, #UndiRosak (#SpoilVotes) on social media.

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Malaysian politicians gear up for online battle ahead for GE14 - Channel NewsAsia

"We have to stop slander on social media so Barisan Nasional can win GE14!" This was the battle cry delivered by Ahmad Maslan, the head of the IT bureau of Malaysia's largest ruling party, at the launch of a campaign in December to do just that. Fighting slander has been a recurring theme for UMNO and Barisan Nasional (BN) as Prime Minister Najib Razak's coalition counts down to elections that must be held by August this year.

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