Why did young voters pick a 92-year-old? - BBC News

Published on May 10, 2018
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has scored a historic victory in the country's general election.
He defeated the Barisan Nasional coalition, which has been in power 60 years.
The BBC asked some young Malaysian voters what they are now hoping for.
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  • It is not the 'AGE' that matter, it is the 'Personal Character' a PM suppose to possess, like for example, 'integrity, honesty, cleverness, tough, etc... voters are looking for in a candidate. Age after all is just a number .

  • Because Mahathir is like the Yoda of Southeast Asia #MayTheForceBeWithYou #Malaysia

  • Even without Mahathir's presence with the Opposition, Malaysia's youth voters were FED UP!!! with 1) Rosmah's EXCESSIVE!!! spendings - as a housewife, WHERE n HOW did she managed to fund her extravagant spendings/lifestyle AND wanton acquisitions of companieS that involved rmHundreds of Millions??? 2) Apathy/lackadaisical approach of BN in governance towards proper/indepth investigations into INCREASING no. of murders, AND 1MDB scandal. 3) INCREASING dictatorial approach in BN governance To oppress n silent the rakyat in their grievances. 4) INCREASE in new taxes that put the rakyat AND Malaysian companies in deeper sufferings. 5) Deliberately allocating much more budget monies to help the Indian community development n disrespecting the Chinese community (n also treating partner MCA like a needy beggar) Whom hv played a VERY significant role in building/developing the nation/Malaya into a modern day Malaysia! 6) ALL Malaysians r FED UP!!! with racial politics that seek to DIVIDE the rakyat rather than to UNITE! 7) Very obvious gerrymandering pertaining to delineation of electoral regions, to favour the ruling party, especially UMNO candidates. 8) Youth politicians/young leaders NOT given the chance to shine/lead in the political field Becos of pandering to the insatiable whims n greed of OLD n OVER-staying politicians/cronies.

  • I'm not a Malaysian but I love this man... God bless him

  • Tun M is a legend.. U need to read his bio, all of his achievements n u will impress.. He is the only one who can save us from our former prime minister.. He is a genius.. He is back because he worried about our country.. Even the kids will choose him.. Believe me if u ask the students who live in KL n Selangor 98% of them will choose Tun M

  • He will be more controversial this time around.Health is Wealth?

  • in chinese there is a saying, 不管是黑猫还是白猫,只要是会捉老鼠的就是好猫。which literally means, be it white cat or black cat, as long as it can catch the rat it is a good cat. So, as long as our PM can help develop our nation and people, age, gender, social background, ethnicity etc. does not matter.

  • Tq kids

  • Tun Dr Mahathir must be listed in a National Geographic documentary. Because he is the oldest government in the world...Like if agree

  • for sure malaysian nation choice for Tun M is more smart than choose donald trump as leader

  • hey I'm there & so happy Tun M finally back to bring back malaysia from corruption

  • He was known as the Father of Developement. Now he is known as the Father of Come back. 😂 Little youthful Malaysian joke for ya. All skeptics aside. We learn as we grow older. And I like to believe that Tun Dr Mahathir has learn his errors in his past and that would change the way this country will be running from now on. Even though, its almost a month since the new party has been in power, they have achieved so much and Malaysia has a brighter future ahead.

  • oh shit,,,, white people not knowing who Mahatir is.... switch to ALJAZEERA...DONT WATCH BBC REVIEWS OF MALAYSIA XD

  • Old is gold....

  • Wow

  • Wow

  • I personally joining "the change" because I don't want to be ended up like The Unhappy Generation of HK. The moment they realized that they are no longer afford to live in HK because of the house price and high cost on living...it was too late.

  • He brings economic booms to the country in 18 and 19 so I can see why. Not gonna lie that he had a mix record but when you have a leader that has been accused to be stealing people money I can see why. I'm just glad my country can pull this through without bloodshed.

  • We chose Tun M because he has done it before and he will do it again, this time better because we have DSAI and Tun M together with a new vision for the country.

  • The winning feels like the cancer that hunted Malaysian has been remove from the world..

  • OMG I love her Attire and .................. of course her comments too

  • BECAUSE OLD IS GOLD!WE ARE NOT SELECTING A BRIDGEGROOM FOR MARRIAGE,SO HE HAS TO BE YOUNG,WE ARE SELECTING A HONEST POLICITIAN TO RULE OUR COUNTRY ,SO HE DOESNT NEED TO BE YOUNG,HE ONLY NEEDS TO BE GOOD.DEMOCRACY IS GOVERMENT OF THE PEOPLE,FOR THE WELFARE OF THE PEOPLE.LONG LIVE DEMOCRÀCY.

  • Pakatan Harapan, kesaksamaan untuk semua rakyat Malaysia!. The Coalition of Hope, fairness and impartiality for all Malaysians!!.

  • May all Malaysians of all racial backgrounds and religions be treated equally from now on, with this Coalition of Hope (Pakatan Harapan)!. Equal opportunities please, from now on, for all Malaysians, whether they are Malaysian Malay, Malaysian Chinese, Malaysian Indian, Malaysian Orang Asli, Malaysian Iban, Malaysian Kadazan, Malaysian Bidayuh, Malaysian Melanau, Malaysian Kelabit etc.. It's high time, for this Malaysian-style *apartheid* in Malaysia to end, when it comes to study places in the local universities and jobs with the whole government sector, just to give two examples, during the last almost 50 years, in Malaysia. A whole generation (maybe even two generations) of Malaysian Chinese and Malaysian Indian communities have apparently lost out on their career opportunities, during that period of time. That was why the MCA (Malaysian Chinese Association). MIC (Malaysian Indian Congress) and the Gerakan lost almost completely, on 9th May 2018 (they are the traditional partners of the Barisan Nasional). We are now in the modern age and the whole world is watching current events in Malaysia, very closely indeed. Only then, will Malaysia finally, get the respect and admiration from the whole world. **Ubah**!!!!

    • Kesamaan semua orang-orang Malaysia!.

  • Even he is 92 but the his strategy and powerful of skill is as a young man... Good election from Malaysian ... Im also malaysian .... 🤗

  • They did not pick Mahathir, they wanted Najib out. By chance Mahathir happened to be the leader. Just like Trump, who wanted him, they did not want Clinton’s again.

  • Look at the bright side. Hes gonna be the first oldest Prime Minister in the world. How cool is that!!

  • To be honest, me as local youth don't vote for him alone, but his whole coalition which is made of dedicated and relentless people who never stop trying to make a change in the country. Nonetheless, I could see the former "dictator" is a changed man, he realized he made a mistake by reccomending that crook fatass as our PM and restricting freedom of local media during his past reign. Most importantly, he owned his mistake and work hard to fix it. I commended him for that.

  • For me personal, I see Tun M as our grandfather that really want to save and care of all his junior grandchildrens in Malaysia for the better future.

  • Sy dah lama tk cakap..sy bangga jadi rakyat Malaysia..tp hari ini sy sgt bangga..sbb Tun Mahathir perdana menteri yg sgt membanggakan..sangat jelas rakyat Malaysia sangat sayangkan Tun..Melayu Cina India semua sygkan Tun.

  • An old saying, the inexperience of youth is no challenge to the experience and knowledge of age.Good luck and safe ruling Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Rambo.

  • Orang muda banyak hisap ice sebab tu mereka memilih orang tua nyanyuk

  • He's our Godfather, alhamdulillahi-rabbi-al-amin for giving us the new leader, hope for a better Malaysia, MALAYSIA BOLEH!

  • BBC still calling him controversial! No wonder people do no longer care about propaganda machines like the BBC.

  • Age is just a number

  • Supports only for the reformation father

  • Cos his not najib

  • I love you, Tun Mahathir. Malaysia can only go forward!

  • These young people are so well spoken and articulate what they want so well. They seem also understand that it will take some time. Very impressive young people ! God Bless

  • The reset button in malaysia has been pressed, alhamdulillah..well done pakatan harapan

  • He was PM for 22 years and never did i felt pressured or poor from the government, he even manage to recover malaysia from the economy downfall 1998. But during najib ruling i felt seriously pressured by the government and economy really dropped.

  • I'm Singaporean 🇸🇬and i love Malaysia 🇲🇾 Malaysia is a great country and very nice people.. congratulations for the new government 👏

  • This is a bit misleading. The voters voted the opposition front. They then picked Mahathir. The voters did not vote for Mahathir. It's the British system, unlike US where voters pick the president directly.

    • The point is that US voters actually vote for their leader. They don't vote for a party and then have the party nominate the leader. So they can have a Republican Senate and Republican House but a Democratic president. That can never happen in Malaysia.

    • in the US is same as well they have Republicans and Demorats, both with their own agendas. But yes the party matters more in Malaysia's case. PM isn't as powerful as a POTUS.

  • Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed is a genuine stateman ❤️

  • I love tun mahathir

  • Legend is back we Malaysian always love Tun M..proud to be Malaysian

  • I've voted for him before when he was in BN. Those days every Malaysia get a piece of the economy. I wouldnt say he is the best n totally no corruption in the country but at least Malaysia is making progress and everyone is happy. Now I vote for him again to make Malaysia great again. To help the people who are starving cause BN don't help the people. We the people believe in him.

  • Since i was a kid I heard so much great new and compliments about him. All generations truly respect him for what he had done up until now. He made Malaysia known to the world when he was the PM. If it’s not for him, we won’t be living in this developing country comfortably. We made the best choice and he will remain as one of the greatest man in Malaysia history.

  • The Dawn Raid, Twin Towers, the 1990s economy crisis that hit Asia yet he was adamant not to succumb to IMF, the establishment of Proton, the Look to the East era, the I-dont-give-a-eff attitude that our Tun Mahathir has. Compared that to our last PM.

  • Because he was the 4th PM before and has led Malaysia to success? No wonder people want him back.

  • Mahathir Mohamad was a pugnacious would be dictator when he was the leader previously but he is now a breath of fresh air compared to his replacement, who was the most corrupt and venal man in Asia.

  • What most people tend to forget is that the youth of today, who voted for Tun Mahathir, are the ones who grew up under his watch. Whether they like him or not, he was the force who shaped their lives. They know that if he wants something, then he will find a way; you just have to choose whether you're with or against him. Malaysia would not be as it is today without Tun Dr Mahathir.

  • :) Change may be good for Malaysia. It's good. But honestly my mom kinda still hold some grudge against Mahatir for the shit he did when he was the previous PM, he wasn't exactly very fair or care about economics sometimes. But hey we all recognize that at least Mahatir made some great stuff happened when he was the old PM. Najib is all the way down man. So ya when I heard Mahatir talking instead about doubling the trains speed and building infrastructure. I'm actually happy, cause that matters more then hating and politicking isnt it. Like pls improve the trains and build new tracks PLS!

  • because of his great vision n experience.he already shown he make malaysia great b4. btw he already said at 1998 incoming 2020,barisan nasional will fall down due to money politics.and now it. happen

  • Epic comeback. Comeback is real.

  • The grand DADDY ISSUES

  • tun dr. mahathir may have been an authoritarian back in the day but i'm thankful for his reintroduction into the world of malaysian politics. we would have never been able to topple the previous ruling party without such an obvious swerve of support for the current governing coalition. it's understandable that people are confused that we're calling him authoritative but at the same time showing him support, but during his campaign in the past year he's owned up to his mistakes and his sincerity to lead the country to a path of change and improvement was obvious. he's 92, soon to be 93 in a couple of months, and there is no need for him to hustle as hard as he does at this day and age. he truly wanted, and wants, to fix the mistakes of his successors and to make up for his policies when he served as the 4th prime minister. i grew up looking up to him without knowing much about how he played his politics back in the day, but now that i'm educating myself i can see that he was a flawed pm but he's malaysia's best chance at ousting corruption now. it's also amazing that we're not far from 2020 so he can see to the end of wawasan 2020 that he started. he's only been working as our 7th pm for less than a week but i hope he serves the people well during this short time. may tun live long and happy.

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  • He made us an offer we couldn't refuse; change ;)

  • praying for a better Malaysia outside and inside

  • “I’m 93, not dead!” - Steve Rogers

  • He's my idol.I always adore him and his wife.They're a cute couple.

  • He has been a leader for 22 years i think

  • I luv U Tun M!

  • Congratulations to Dr.Mahathir.Love from 1300millions Indians to this lovely great youngster. God bless him with healthy and happy Century. Long live Mahathir.

  • I love mahathir mohamad ❤

  • The moment my dad told me that Tun M will be the new prime minister, i just straight away woke up and almost got tears bcs this is the beginning for the new Malaysia. Yesss, it will take times to clean up all the mess that najib razak have been doing for the past 10 years. Its not easy. Give Tun M time to clean all the mess. We’ve waiting for 5 years and now we got what we wants. Just put the trust to Tun M

  • Becuase they dun like gst lolz . Good marketing right there pakatan. I need these guys' advices on how to get rich 😉

  • Because he touched our heart ♥

  • Y not???? He is a wise man ..very brilliant & a living legendary. He made Malaysia well known for a lot of good things & uncountable contribution to our country. Hell yeaaah I voted for him!

  • Kuasa rakyat bkn kuasa najib!!

  • Lk like my uncle........wa stay strong Long liveeeeeee

  • He better than Najib

  • the main reason is to topple najib razak. everyone know this.

  • Finally, i can say that i'm proud to be a Malaysians. I'm glad i voted him.

  • That's what we're looking forward to now. We need that change so much since we are in deep shit right now. Cost of living is very high and jobs are scarce. The RM is recovering slowly. The country is in big debt because of the now former government.

  • He saved Malaysia from being ruined and emptied out. He is the only man who has the power to command respect across a broad spectrum of race and parties with different goals to come together for the sole purpose of saving the country. A fantastic man with worldly experience and who cares for his people. Malaysia is lucky to have a PM like Dr. Mahathir once again! Please treasure every minute he has with you!

  • yas we Malaysian need to change..to be a better Malaysia 🇲🇾

  • The Real Malay Hero...He is Tun M

  • “Why did young voters pick a 92-year-old?” anyone else can be chose?

  • He give the malaysians a holiday on thursday to friday

  • only him can destroy the monster that he himself created. 92 years old, we believe he has nothing personal to gain apart from wanting to redeem himself. he should have been resting and enjoy his golden age with his family but no, he join the opposition party that initially was created to fight his leadership. he join forces with his former nemesis and admit his mistake. please make malaysia united and great again. #freedomforAnwarIbrahim!

  • 92 years young! I pray I'm as energetic & healthy at his age. ✌❤🌏

  • Mahathir won because of Najib's alleged corruption

  • Melayu bukan mudah lupa. Melayu lebih suka memaafkan kalau orang tu betul betul mintak maaf. Itu sebenarnya sifat melayu. Lembut hati. Memang melayu dikenali suka dendam irihati boleh mengamok macam tu saja. Tapi hakikatnya Melayu ni lembut hati.

  • We, the people, the rakyat, vote for Tun Dr Mahathir because we want him to snap his finger and vanish half of the Barisan Nasional supporter out of corruption & wrong doing to our beloved country, Malaysia.

  • American out there if things got worst follow what Malaysia had done elect Obama back 😉

  • Not just young voters but also many older citizens voted for this special man, a living legend - YAB Tun Dr Mahathir. We voted for Tun because we saw he was truly sincere and courageous to help us all, in our battle against kleptocracy. And together with Tun, We WON!!! May 9th GE14 will be a very emotional and special day for us Malaysians. On May 10th upon hearing of our victory, i wept tears of joy....> i was once anti-govt, not anymore now- I Love Tun Dr Mahathir for so many reasons, too many to list here.

  • Tun M is legends for Malaysia...

  • As one of young Malaysian voters, I would like to say, we Malaysian want new Malaysia. Yes, Tun M is also a human and not perfect. He may do mistakes. He is a dictator? Define dictator first. I admit, he did made mistakes. He also admit it. But the mistakes is not harm Malaysia generally. But, compared to DS Najib, who worse? All Malaysians can see the comparison between Tun M and DS Najib. Tun M much better. Why not choose the better one when you can? Tun M also someone that have great influence. Not only in Malaysia, also globally. Despite of all of his mistakes, he had done great to Malaysia. That's why he once again, able to gain peoples' trust. Well, just my five cents opinion. Thanks. ^_^

  • Its time for changes

  • Authoritarian can be good for us, because lots of people in top levels need a good smack on the ass and it's long overdue. Bring them down a few pegs to remind them they work for the people.

  • Fuiyoh...slang bukan main terrer hehhe :P

  • "The struggle never ends"

  • Old is GOLD. we Malaysian, young nation choose him as our PRIME MINISTER because we want him to help rebuild our communities and our economy.

  • This was a terrible analysis of the Malaysian election. I live in Malaysia and people I speak would have said a lot more about the corruption of the previous government, leading me to believe that the BBC have edited that out of these interviews.

  • He is the "God father" haha..😂

  • The Asean Tiger are BACK..

  • can somebody drop the @ of the guy in plaids? thanks

  • Its not about his age or dictatorial past, its more the urge to overthrow the Malay power and BN.