Don’t for­get his­tory, young vot­ers told


KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ah­mad Zahid Hamidi has called on first-time vot­ers not to for­get the con­tri­bu­tions made by the older gen­er­a­tions in build­ing the coun­try.

He said the younger gen­er­a­tion are more con­cerned about their future path and do not em­brace the nos­tal­gic his­tory of the past.

“The first-time vot­ers do not want such nos­tal­gia. They want to know what is new for them and what is their future.

“But they for­get that they need to look at the rear-view mir­ror when driv­ing their cars for­ward,” he said in his speech at the ground­break­ing cer­e­mony of Wisma Mubarak in Sen­tul, here yes­ter­day.

Ah­mad Zahid re­minded the older gen­er­a­tion of politi­cians to watch their ac­tions so that they don’t be­come ir­rel­e­vant to young vot­ers.

He said for­mer politi­cians can still be rel­e­vant if they know how to adapt them­selves to the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion.

In a speech laden with cryp­tic mes­sages, the Umno acting deputy pres­i­dent said “old books” should stay on top of the shelves and re­frain from be­ing a nui­sance to those be­low.

Say­ing lead­ers should know how to po­si­tion them­selves at the right place, he added there must be a point of equi­lib­rium between those from the old era and the younger gen­er­a­tion.

“The young must respect the old, and the old must love the new ones. When we have be­come an old, blurry book that has been po­si­tioned on top, stay there qui­etly and do not dis­turb those down be­low.

“What more if the book fell by it­self and is tram­pled by oth­ers, the blame should not be placed on oth­ers,” he said.

Ear­lier, Ah­mad Zahid called on the Malaysian Coun­cil of For­mer Elected Rep­re­sen­ta­tives or Mubarak to get young peo­ple to reg­is­ter as vot­ers.

He said the Mubarak mem­bers should also ex­plain to young peo­ple the plans the govern­ment has for the coun­try and peo­ple.


Ah­mad Zahid look­ing at an artist's im­pres­sion of the new Wisma Mubarak. With him is Mubarak pres­i­dent Tan Sri Ab­dul Aziz Rah­man.

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