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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  • Ahmad Aiman Asyraf Al-Iskandari

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

  • Ashik Iqbal
    Ashik Iqbal Day ago

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

  • Gamer girl
    Gamer girl 2 days ago +1

    Age is just a number

  • Arib Hellmi
    Arib Hellmi 3 days ago

    Supports only for the reformation father

  • denzel lim
    denzel lim 3 days ago +1

    Cos his not najib

  • Steve Thorn
    Steve Thorn 3 days ago

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

  • BuzzSargent
    BuzzSargent 3 days ago +2

    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

  • Aizil Ramli
    Aizil Ramli 3 days ago

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

  • Anam Shah
    Anam Shah 4 days ago

    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.

  • Seth Nasyriq
    Seth Nasyriq 4 days ago

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

  • Dan L
    Dan L 4 days ago

    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.

    • Dan L
      Dan L 3 days ago

      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.

    • David Tay
      David Tay 4 days ago

      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.

  • Farihah Rashidi
    Farihah Rashidi 4 days ago

    Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed is a genuine stateman ❤️

  • Aidiel Ynwa
    Aidiel Ynwa 4 days ago

    I love tun mahathir

  • Ammii Rul
    Ammii Rul 5 days ago +1

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

  • Wesley Yeap
    Wesley Yeap 5 days ago

    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.

  • OhgirinSH
    OhgirinSH 5 days ago

    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.

  • Huda Sarkowi
    Huda Sarkowi 5 days ago

    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.

  • Dead Af
    Dead Af 5 days ago +5

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

  • Anthony Butler
    Anthony Butler 5 days ago +1

    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.

  • truebluekit
    truebluekit 5 days ago +1

    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.

  • Luke Lim
    Luke Lim 6 days ago

    :) 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!

  • Yes Fakhri
    Yes Fakhri 6 days ago

    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

  • Pro F
    Pro F 6 days ago +2

    Epic comeback.
    Comeback is real.

  • ean dean
    ean dean 6 days ago

    The grand DADDY ISSUES

  • claire l.
    claire l. 6 days ago +1

    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.

  • Eva Emmanyna
    Eva Emmanyna 6 days ago

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

  • Lol Loo
    Lol Loo 6 days ago

    praying for a better Malaysia outside and inside

  • Nana Almani
    Nana Almani 6 days ago +1

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

  • Chim²little. booty
    Chim²little. booty 6 days ago

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

  • Little otaku potato
    Little otaku potato 6 days ago

    He has been a leader for 22 years i think

  • azahri Yana
    azahri Yana 6 days ago +1

    I luv U Tun M!

  • kamal Bardia
    kamal Bardia 6 days ago

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

  • Sponge Hayley
    Sponge Hayley 6 days ago

    I love mahathir mohamad ❤

  • sunset bloom
    sunset bloom 6 days ago +1

    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

  • Unkwon Malaysian Guy

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

  • Fitria Aidili
    Fitria Aidili 6 days ago +2

    Because he touched our heart ♥

  • Helena Wan
    Helena Wan 7 days ago +1

    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!

  • Steven Ng
    Steven Ng 7 days ago +1

    Kuasa rakyat bkn kuasa najib!!

  • Michie Warrioh
    Michie Warrioh 7 days ago

    Lk like my uncle........wa stay strong

    Long liveeeeeee

  • Yefraim Yef
    Yefraim Yef 7 days ago

    He better than Najib

  • is
    is 7 days ago

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

  • Princess Katara
    Princess Katara 7 days ago

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

  • GaeBulga
    GaeBulga 7 days ago

    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.

  • Helen Pang
    Helen Pang 7 days ago +1

    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!

  • Hadid Eb
    Hadid Eb 7 days ago

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

  • Algabron
    Algabron 7 days ago

    The Real Malay Hero...He is Tun M

  • Colin Yuan
    Colin Yuan 7 days ago

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

  • Ulau Joe
    Ulau Joe 7 days ago

    He give the malaysians a holiday on thursday to friday

  • Rumaizah Nordin
    Rumaizah Nordin 7 days ago +1

    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!

  • Renee S.
    Renee S. 7 days ago

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

  • heng cc
    heng cc 7 days ago

    Mahathir won because of Najib's alleged corruption

  • Az Eddie
    Az Eddie 7 days ago

    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.

  • ahzerlumli
    ahzerlumli 7 days ago +1

    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.

  • Shizuka Kuchiki
    Shizuka Kuchiki 7 days ago +3

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

  • kimi goon
    kimi goon 7 days ago

    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.

  • mohamed basri hasan
    mohamed basri hasan 7 days ago

    Tun M is legends for Malaysia...

  • Najwa Jamalludin
    Najwa Jamalludin 7 days ago

    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. ^_^

  • Timmy Randall
    Timmy Randall 7 days ago

    Its time for changes

  • Adline Writes
    Adline Writes 7 days ago

    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.

  • Steven Foong
    Steven Foong 7 days ago

    Fuiyoh...slang bukan main terrer hehhe :P

  • afn nanana
    afn nanana 7 days ago +1

    "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.

  • Adam Ford
    Adam Ford 7 days ago

    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.

  • Dah lan
    Dah lan 7 days ago

    He is the "God father" haha..😂

  • Shukri Sharif
    Shukri Sharif 7 days ago

    The Asean Tiger are BACK..

  • Saf
    Saf 7 days ago

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

  • CHITRA Channel
    CHITRA Channel 7 days ago

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

  • Incognito Demigod
    Incognito Demigod 7 days ago +1

    Between Mahathir and Najib, who with his wife were incredibly corrupt and would embezzle money for their own gains, who were rumoured to have bombed a woman and whose own children hate, the choice is obvious. Those of you who are saying Najib isn’t corrupt clearly needs to read the news and enlighten yourselves.

  • AppleGamez - Gaming
    AppleGamez - Gaming 7 days ago

    He is 92 years old and can still stand steady without anything
    I'm proud to be Malaysian

  • zarith4fiddy
    zarith4fiddy 7 days ago

    Because a Medical Doctor (the 92-year old) cares more about the people/rakyat than an Economist (Najib). Najib only cares about his family and money. Truth isn't it? A Medical Doctor (Mahathir) must love his patient while a Businessman (Najib) only wants their money from the treatment.

  • atuk brontok
    atuk brontok 7 days ago

    let's just hope we not out of the frying pan and into the fire..

  • SNJ
    SNJ 7 days ago

    Doesn't look a day over 91.

  • manjulla GRaju
    manjulla GRaju 7 days ago

    Becausehe is the reason today the whole world know and he is brae enough to create own nasional car today i am proud to say i am malaysia because of mahthir dont talk about his age he is most daring leader stop mentioning about his age pls think wisely he is most experience learder among all of them in malaysia politician and he didnt stole citizens money or his wife didnt buy expensive hand bags and luxury ring .... najib wife cheat malaysia .money and najib sold our land to china and our nadional car proton company we malsysian hate najib

  • ali baba
    ali baba 7 days ago

    THE power of younger voters

  • boy b
    boy b 7 days ago

    Hey guys, i felt the same way with what the last girl with the short hair said. I trully hope we can be a Malaysian people regardless religion and races.

  • Amiruddin Rosli
    Amiruddin Rosli 7 days ago

    it's like you vote for obama again to clear trump messed up and debt

  • Jonard Nabartey
    Jonard Nabartey 7 days ago

    Move forward Malaysia. With the ASEAN Integration on its way, South East Asian nation will be great again.. With all the love from the PHL

  • pearl perfume
    pearl perfume 7 days ago

    Do u think Tun M layak memimpin Malaysia. Listen to Ustaz Muhtarom Abu Abdul Aziz to find out. Listen to all his beautiful lecture insyaAllah you will fibd the answer.

  • Internet Dweller
    Internet Dweller 7 days ago

    It's not about the age, it's the fact that it's either him or the PM who doesn't give a shit about his own people.
    The worst decision was introducing 6% GST which gravely affected the B40 and people with big families, just to pay off his billions of ringgit of debt. Not to mention his and his wife's lavish lifestyle. And the ex-PM is an ass-kissing yes man whenever he met leaders of more powerful countries. That spineless guy is currently in hiding, trying to run away from this country to avoid prosecution.

  • Ikmal MS
    Ikmal MS 8 days ago

    I bet one of these guys/girls is powerful, first time voting got new kerajaan wehh!

  • ryker yap
    ryker yap 8 days ago

    i can finally shout I LOVE MY PRIME MINISTER FROM MY HEART!

  • PrinceJungkook 01
    PrinceJungkook 01 8 days ago

    He has a lot of mix and besides everyone look him like 70 years old and he is totally healthy with his age like this.

  • Nor Ariff
    Nor Ariff 8 days ago

    Mahathir we love u

  • Mohd Nazri
    Mohd Nazri 8 days ago

    2 3 kucing berlari,
    mana nak sama makcik mah sorang, 2 3 berlian dibeli,
    mana nak lari rosmah temberang.

  • Andrew Koh
    Andrew Koh 8 days ago

    the man who can restore law in Malaysia!!!

  • alif_ ash
    alif_ ash 8 days ago

    93 actually 😂😂

  • Gryffindor Heir
    Gryffindor Heir 8 days ago

    Because old is gold👌

  • tsuyoi_hikari
    tsuyoi_hikari 8 days ago

    I'm sorry but the girl in yellow saying that the change can be good or bad just annoy the hell out of me lol. There' s no way its gonna be worst than Najib taking the people's money in billions BILLIONS of dollars for the past 10 years? What is this?

  • ave b
    ave b 8 days ago

    Salute! long live Tun

  • misguided ghosts
    misguided ghosts 8 days ago

    love ur grandfather first sistrens

  • syaf ezrul
    syaf ezrul 8 days ago

    Proud to be Malaysian

  • Killmonger _27
    Killmonger _27 8 days ago

    Simple,cause he is the man

  • вσяинαтєя 2ρм

    Think again he is 93 now. So he don't have anything to lose and gain by become the president now. The only reason he become the president now is to save malaysia from najib. Btw, even though he is 93 his brain and mind work perfectly compare to young people nowday.

  • Bros Power
    Bros Power 8 days ago


  • K M Hasan
    K M Hasan 8 days ago

    Stupid young Malaysian couldn't make another Mahtir and now bringing him in chaos when he's supposed to be in retirement. Still they talk like egoistic.

    • ODD Guy
      ODD Guy 5 days ago

      K M Hasan Tun M himself said before that he don't want to be retire until he finished every single things that he should be finished because back at the time when he was the 4th PM, he missed the chances of making Malaysia being great and he regret it after he stepped down his position in 2003. Now he's take the chance for return to rule the country great again and the people of Malaysia are really happy for his return because if there was not Tun M being a PM before, there would not be Twin Towers and the country would not be as advance as Singapore like today.

  • Mi Images
    Mi Images 8 days ago

    I wish Malaysia returns to the non divisive era when all Malaysian live in harmony and with equal opportunities. I miss Malaysia my home. Live oversea now but still a Malaysian at heart.

  • zainab aden
    zainab aden 8 days ago

    I want a Malaysian man to marry me lol hhh

  • Adrian Eranzi
    Adrian Eranzi 8 days ago

    you might have said he is a dictator in the past but our former president najib razak steal people's money into his account broooo xDDD