The Star: Azmyl Wins ‘By-Election’ With Free Condoms Pledge (#P223 UndiMalaysia!)

P223 UM! Azmyl & Parti All Nite Long

P223 UM! Azmyl & Parti All Nite Long partying along

UndiMalaysia! P223 Annexe Gallery seat grabbed by Azmyl Yunor (Parti All Nite Long) in a tight contest with Syahredzan Johan (Let’s Go Parti) on 19 June 2011. And Isabelle Lai writes about it for The Star!

KUALA LUMPUR: It had the feel of a real by-election campaign. Posters bearing the candidates’ names and faces fluttered proudly in the air while manifestos were distributed during the campaign period.

Fighting in a mock by-election organised by Undi Malaysia, a new voter education campaign, candidates Azmyl Yunor of Parti All Night Long and Syahredzan Johan of Lets Go Parti verbally slugged it out on key issues such as health, food, housing and freedom of speech.

Much to the amusement of “voters”, Azmyl even offered to distribute free condoms in his health safety pledge.

After a tense vote count, Azmyl emerged triumphant with 58 votes as the crowd rallied behind his populist approach.

Syah’s more pro-establishment image proved unpopular despite the liberal view he held on issues, earning him 47 votes.

Syah & Let's Go Parti campaigned from the word "Go!"

P223 UM! Syah & Let's Go Parti campaigned from the word "Go!"

Undi Malaysia campaigner Zain HD said the mock by-election was a one-day exercise to open people’s eyes on the importance of voting wisely.

“It’s a humorous way of showing them how to understand bread-and-butter issues that affect all Malaysians,” he said, stressing that smart voting was the key to good and intelligent governance.

He was disappointed that the results showed voters had not been able to see past the person and on the issues championed.

“Azmyl was very populist. It was an interesting observation that the populist approach works. When people are angry – they are blinded to real issues,” he said.

He said the rakyat needed to understand exactly what they were voting for and why.

To tackle this, Undi Malaysia was initiated by Pusat Rakyat Loyar Burok (a community centre opened by the founders of the Loyar Burok blog site) to activate and empower the rakyat on their voting power.

The campaign also used twitter as a platform.

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P223 UM! Returning Officer PY Wong

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4 Responses to The Star: Azmyl Wins ‘By-Election’ With Free Condoms Pledge (#P223 UndiMalaysia!)

  1. sam

    azmyl a 'populist'??? hahaha…what to do, he's popular what? doesn't mean he's pandering or being 'populist'…and to be 'popular', someone was must be saying something that reflect the 'voters' and mirror the views of the people right? i think zain's assessment is a tad condescending towards the people who 'voted'…my 5 sens…

  2. JMF

    *nods* Your liberated Malay friends should have problems following your example and donning Chinese attire, then. That is, if this is 1Malaysia rather than 1Melayu. But of course they won't. Abandon your religion by all means, Siege, but think a bit harder about diluting your own identity. *grins*

  3. Thean See Xien

    1Malaysia mah :P

  4. JMF

    It's amusing to see how Thean See Xien has turned his back on his own race by donning the baju Melayu. His parents must be terribly proud of him. LOL.