The only possibility is to maintain constant pressure via civil society, the press and even direct action (demonstrations etc.) on the newly elected to keep their promises," Azmi told DW.Mandeep Singh, a member of Bersih, a coalition of NGOs calling for clean and fair elections, also urged those advocating for vote-spoiling to campaign against Mahathir instead.Instead, an MP said nine-year-old girls are "physically and spiritually ready for marriage." () Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak reportedly benefited from millions of dollars transferred from the troubled state-fund, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
However, they now feel that the opposition had abandoned the principles it once stood for.
"To say #Undi Rosak supporters - especially the young ones - are politically ignorant, is untrue.
Frustrated with the choices of parties and candidates in the country's imminent elections, a movement that began in January has been gaining traction on social media, encouraging younger voters in particular to spoil their ballots.
Proponents of the #Undi Rosak or #Spoilt Vote hashtag argue that there is no difference between the ruling Barisan Nasional, which has run the country for 61 years, and Pakatan Harapan, a loose coalition of opposition parties.
How Malaysia is forging a green future with an eco-label Malaysia criminalizes child grooming, not child marriage Speaking at a forum last week in Kuala Lumpur, Azim Sharom, an associate law professor from Universiti Malaya, said he understood why Malaysians were cynical about handing power back to Mahathir.
"I am not saying not to vote for the opposition, I am not saying they made a mistake in choosing Dr Mahathir, but I am still going to vote for them, because if you want change, you cannot have the current government." Citing the example of Indonesia, which he called the only viable democracy in Southeast Asia, he explained that Indonesians voted in the late 1990s for the Golkar party but rejected former President BJ Habibie. to make a first step to choose a government of their choice.
Notably, the latter's proffered candidate is 92-year-old retired former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, a leader whose previous policies some Malaysians argue have consolidated his one-time protégé and incumbent Najib Razak's grip on power despite various allegations of corruption.
Some say that it is the prospect of Mahathir returning to power that gave impetus to this new movement.
Prime Minister Najib Razak is accused of diverting funds to his private bank account.