Independence While Dependent

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When someone becomes Wakil Rakyat, your representative, they listen to your voice.

How is it then, that they also listen to their President, their party and their component parties?

In an ideal world, every Wakil Rakyat is independent from influences other than their constituents. But we don't live there. We live here.

The fact is, as long as they belong to a party, there is a group agenda, whether published or hidden, and there are power plays happening within.

There is the Wakil Rakyat who bravely stands up to their own colleagues and leaders to deliver your hopes and dreams and there is the Wakil Rakyat who only walks the party line.

Keep that in mind when you vote.


This article is part of a series written in the run-up to the 14th Malaysian General Election on 9 May 2018. The series intends to foster critical thinking, positivity, understanding and fair-mindedness among voters to create a mature space of political discourse.