Can we stop thinking of voters’ ethnicity?

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Come election time, we see politicians focusing on the ethnicity of the voters, whether at the national, state of local levels.

This is reinforced by official statistics of the ethnic breakdown of each constituency and analysts’ attempts to predict and later analyse results by looking at these ethnic statistics.

Even the choice of the parties standing in each constituency is largely based on the ethnicity of the voters in the respective constituencies.

Such ethnic considerations are unhelpful and entrench ethnic stereotyping and divisions.

Voters these days are more aware of the issues, and that largely determines how they vote. Similarly, ignorance cuts across ethnic boundaries.

Economic issues – the higher cost of living, the lack of affordable housing, low wages – also cut across ethnic boundaries. Economic forces, environmental issues, the global economic slowdown, resource depletion and rampant corruption affect a broad spectrum of society, irrespective of the ethnicity of the people.

Are there many countries in the world where the ethnic breakdown of voters plays an exaggerated role in elections? Do any of the developed countries or their parties talk in terms of how many votes they can draw from particular ethnic groups? Do they provide statistics of the ethnic composition of voters in each area to be analysed to death by pundits and published in the media for public consumption?

Why are we so unnaturally obsessed with ethnic statistics come election time? Is it because every part of our national life has been divided by ethnic quotas and statistics that when it comes to elections, we still can’t help looking at campaign strategies, choice of candidates, choice of party for a particular area, predictions of results and post-election analyses through ethnically-tinted lenses.

Shouldn’t political parties, especially those campaigning for change in a new Malaysia, move beyond ethnic considerations and look at the real issues affecting us all while encouraging voters to adopt a more universal perspective?

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johanssmKhunPana

I will vote for Hudud anytime. It is not something that is new anyway. Muslims are getting whipped for consuming a mug of beer. That is already Hudud. Unless the person is too drunk to notice it. But PAS gets all the blame (as usual). If we see the 2008 voting trend, there’s no relation to the candidate’s race or religion nor the voters. People just hate the bn and will vote for any candidates that are not from BN. My chinese bro inlaw drove his family from KL to hometown Sungkai just to vote for Sivanesan. He started his… Read more »

Gerakan K

You will be crying silently when there are Malaysians stoning to death and beheaded for STUPID reasons. That is the REAL thing that most people are talking about. You will be crying silently when Malaysia converted to Afghanistan style of administration and need ugly fireworks from alliance forces (e.g USA, UK, Singapore and Thailand) to free our beloved nation. So, don’t be a second Afghanistan. Your business will be destroyed, your family will be affected and more importantly your culture and lifestyle will be changed to bad instantly. Let us united and send a message to PAS. Vote PAS, DAP,… Read more »

kingkong

STUPID reasons? Only under Gerakan/UMNO are creating Stupid education and judges to make malaysians stupid. Khir and Iman are jailed for 1 year but what they have done are different

najib manaukau

I think it should start with Umno and all the Umno cabinet ministers !

Gerakan K

Basic marketing principles. We need to satisfy customers needs. Market segmentation for voters. Like PAS, when they meet chinese voters, they say NEGARA KEBAJIKAN, when PAS meet malays, they say 1 hudud Malaysia. That is so simple.

A vote to DAP is a vote to PAS and hudud.

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