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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  • Aaron Sebastian
    Aaron Sebastian 7 days ago

    Not many people know this but mahathir is a person who will stand by his ground and fight till the very end for his country he built and for the people with just a simple majority he won ge14 because the Malaysian people know who mahathir is and his character towards the nation. Mahathir is an unbelievable amazing human being and we should be so thankful that his still alive and bring back malaysia economy in 2019. old or young , he looks sharp and handsome man. You wouldn’t wanna mess with tun haha. Hidup mahathir 🇲🇾🇲🇾🇲🇾🇲🇾🇲🇾

  • First Order Ball
    First Order Ball 7 days ago

    But good video, regardless!

  • First Order Ball
    First Order Ball 7 days ago

    Because, BBC, they rather have Mahathir than some corrupt-nut head you and your American friends put as Prime Minister!
    Heck, I’d even (Or I’d DARE) pick Najib if Jeremy Corbyn, Theresa May, or Nigel Farage was on the ballot!
    Long live Malaysia! Long live ASEAN! Long live the East!

  • Mrs Shamsunnahar Sharmin

    People of Malaysia are so lucky who got a great leader. My respect and love for him. From Bangladesh

  • IH Rubel Ahmed
    IH Rubel Ahmed Month ago

    Dr.Mahathir mohammad...
    Love you from Bangladesh..❤️❤️
    Bangladesh could not find Leader Like you..
    May Allah bless you

  • Jay
    Jay 2 months ago

    Tht is my PM,so proud of him.He sacrifies his old age for this beloved country.Who cares about his past.

  • heng cc
    heng cc 2 months ago

    Anwar, if you oust Dr M, he may join pas and umno ; so be patient

  • heng cc
    heng cc 2 months ago

    Lim kit siang is a hero;

  • i.a. Khan
    i.a. Khan 3 months ago +2


  • projext 999
    projext 999 4 months ago +1

    16th September :
    Happy Malaysia Day...

    POTRET DIRI 4 months ago

    the father of malaysia is back..Tun M with new goverments will make malaysian greats again..

  • Yin thin chen
    Yin thin chen 4 months ago

    What? What are you, a deceived one with no facts?
    PKR is the 1st Place winner in 14th GE, in second place the 92 year old past plunderer of Malaysia as well as creator of Najib the global kleptomaniac!
    Anwar's PKR won for PH.
    This 92 year old guy is PM because LKSiang conspired with him before the GE, all while Anwar was sitting in jail.
    And who was the JAILER?

  • Unjuk Jude Anding
    Unjuk Jude Anding 5 months ago

    Because he has a mentality level of a 29 yr old..

  • Lam Par
    Lam Par 5 months ago +1

    It is not the 'AGE' that matter, it is the 'Personal Character' a PM suppose to possess, like for example, 'integrity, honesty, cleverness, tough, etc... voters are looking for in a candidate. Age after all is just a number .

  • martin antonio
    martin antonio 5 months ago

    Because Mahathir is like the Yoda of Southeast Asia #MayTheForceBeWithYou #Malaysia

  • kl. johnny
    kl. johnny 5 months ago

    Even without Mahathir's presence with the Opposition, Malaysia's youth voters were FED UP!!! with
    1) Rosmah's EXCESSIVE!!! spendings - as a housewife, WHERE n HOW did she managed to fund her extravagant spendings/lifestyle AND wanton acquisitions of companieS that involved rmHundreds of Millions???
    2) Apathy/lackadaisical approach of BN in governance towards proper/indepth investigations into INCREASING no. of murders, AND 1MDB scandal.
    3) INCREASING dictatorial approach in BN governance To oppress n silent the rakyat in their grievances.
    4) INCREASE in new taxes that put the rakyat AND Malaysian companies in deeper sufferings.
    5) Deliberately allocating much more budget monies to help the Indian community development n disrespecting the Chinese community (n also treating partner MCA like a needy beggar) Whom hv played a VERY significant role in building/developing the nation/Malaya into a modern day Malaysia!
    6) ALL Malaysians r FED UP!!! with racial politics that seek to DIVIDE the rakyat rather than to UNITE!
    7) Very obvious gerrymandering pertaining to delineation of electoral regions, to favour the ruling party, especially UMNO candidates.
    8) Youth politicians/young leaders NOT given the chance to shine/lead in the political field Becos of pandering to the insatiable whims n greed of OLD n OVER-staying politicians/cronies.

  • Ibra The Conqura
    Ibra The Conqura 6 months ago +1

    I'm not a Malaysian but I love this man... God bless him

  • Nini
    Nini 6 months ago

    Tun M is a legend.. U need to read his bio, all of his achievements n u will impress.. He is the only one who can save us from our former prime minister.. He is a genius.. He is back because he worried about our country.. Even the kids will choose him.. Believe me if u ask the students who live in KL n Selangor 98% of them will choose Tun M

  • Syed Shahrom
    Syed Shahrom 6 months ago

    He will be more controversial this time around.Health is Wealth?

  • Huiyang Ong
    Huiyang Ong 6 months ago

    in chinese there is a saying, 不管是黑猫还是白猫,只要是会捉老鼠的就是好猫。which literally means, be it white cat or black cat, as long as it can catch the rat it is a good cat. So, as long as our PM can help develop our nation and people, age, gender, social background, ethnicity etc. does not matter.

  • Beast Master
    Beast Master 7 months ago

    Tq kids

  • muhd syahril syahril
    muhd syahril syahril 7 months ago +1

    Tun Dr Mahathir must be listed in a National Geographic documentary. Because he is the oldest government in the world...Like if agree

  • xoxo hyomin
    xoxo hyomin 7 months ago

    for sure malaysian nation choice for Tun M is more smart than choose donald trump as leader

  • xoxo hyomin
    xoxo hyomin 7 months ago

    hey I'm there & so happy Tun M finally back to bring back malaysia from corruption

  • ItsMeAndrea
    ItsMeAndrea 7 months ago

    He was known as the Father of Developement. Now he is known as the Father of Come back. 😂 Little youthful Malaysian joke for ya.
    All skeptics aside. We learn as we grow older. And I like to believe that Tun Dr Mahathir has learn his errors in his past and that would change the way this country will be running from now on.
    Even though, its almost a month since the new party has been in power, they have achieved so much and Malaysia has a brighter future ahead.

  • Honest Man
    Honest Man 7 months ago

    oh shit,,,, white people not knowing who Mahatir is.... switch to ALJAZEERA...DONT WATCH BBC REVIEWS OF MALAYSIA XD

  • khalid taib
    khalid taib 7 months ago

    Old is gold....

  • Nellie K. Adaba
    Nellie K. Adaba 7 months ago


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    Nellie K. Adaba 7 months ago


  • aman saad
    aman saad 7 months ago

    I personally joining "the change" because I don't want to be ended up like The Unhappy Generation of HK. The moment they realized that they are no longer afford to live in HK because of the house price and high cost on living...it was too late.

  • Muhammad Hadrami
    Muhammad Hadrami 7 months ago

    He brings economic booms to the country in 18 and 19 so I can see why. Not gonna lie that he had a mix record but when you have a leader that has been accused to be stealing people money I can see why. I'm just glad my country can pull this through without bloodshed.

  • Desmond Nathan
    Desmond Nathan 7 months ago

    We chose Tun M because he has done it before and he will do it again, this time better because we have DSAI and Tun M together with a new vision for the country.

  • Lian Kings
    Lian Kings 7 months ago

    The winning feels like the cancer that hunted Malaysian has been remove from the world..

  • daranlively
    daranlively 7 months ago

    OMG I love her Attire and .................. of course her comments too

  • Krishna Sellam
    Krishna Sellam 7 months ago


  • Michael Wong
    Michael Wong 7 months ago

    Pakatan Harapan, kesaksamaan untuk semua rakyat Malaysia!. The Coalition of Hope, fairness and impartiality for all Malaysians!!.

  • Michael Wong
    Michael Wong 7 months ago +1

    May all Malaysians of all racial backgrounds and religions be treated equally from now on, with this Coalition of Hope (Pakatan Harapan)!.
    Equal opportunities please, from now on, for all Malaysians, whether they are Malaysian Malay, Malaysian Chinese, Malaysian Indian, Malaysian Orang Asli, Malaysian Iban, Malaysian Kadazan, Malaysian Bidayuh, Malaysian Melanau, Malaysian Kelabit etc..
    It's high time, for this Malaysian-style *apartheid* in Malaysia to end, when it comes to study places in the local universities and jobs with the whole government sector, just to give two examples, during the last almost 50 years, in Malaysia.
    A whole generation (maybe even two generations) of Malaysian Chinese and Malaysian Indian communities have apparently lost out on their career opportunities, during that period of time.
    That was why the MCA (Malaysian Chinese Association). MIC (Malaysian Indian Congress) and the Gerakan lost almost completely, on 9th May 2018 (they are the traditional partners of the Barisan Nasional).
    We are now in the modern age and the whole world is watching current events in Malaysia, very closely indeed.
    Only then, will Malaysia finally, get the respect and admiration from the whole world.

    • Michael Wong
      Michael Wong 7 months ago

      Kesamaan semua orang-orang Malaysia!.

  • Haziq Zamri
    Haziq Zamri 7 months ago

    Even he is 92 but the his strategy and powerful of skill is as a young man... Good election from Malaysian ... Im also malaysian .... 🤗

  • Andy Kris
    Andy Kris 7 months ago

    They did not pick Mahathir, they wanted Najib out. By chance Mahathir happened to be the leader. Just like Trump, who wanted him, they did not want Clinton’s again.

  • bink bee
    bink bee 7 months ago

    Look at the bright side.
    Hes gonna be the first oldest Prime Minister in the world.
    How cool is that!!

  • A R.
    A R. 7 months ago

    To be honest, me as local youth don't vote for him alone, but his whole coalition which is made of dedicated and relentless people who never stop trying to make a change in the country. Nonetheless, I could see the former "dictator" is a changed man, he realized he made a mistake by reccomending that crook fatass as our PM and restricting freedom of local media during his past reign. Most importantly, he owned his mistake and work hard to fix it. I commended him for that.

  • Hazrel
    Hazrel 7 months ago +1

    For me personal, I see Tun M as our grandfather that really want to save and care of all his junior grandchildrens in Malaysia for the better future.

  • Wiko Jerry
    Wiko Jerry 7 months ago

    Sy dah lama tk cakap..sy bangga jadi rakyat Malaysia..tp hari ini sy sgt bangga..sbb Tun Mahathir perdana menteri yg sgt membanggakan..sangat jelas rakyat Malaysia sangat sayangkan Tun..Melayu Cina India semua sygkan Tun.

  • 666huntu Fireman
    666huntu Fireman 8 months ago

    An old saying, the inexperience of youth is no challenge to the experience and knowledge
    of age.Good luck and safe ruling Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

  • Khairul Anuar
    Khairul Anuar 8 months ago

    Orang muda banyak hisap ice sebab tu mereka memilih orang tua nyanyuk

  • Emang Serah
    Emang Serah 8 months ago +1

    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 8 months ago

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

  • Gamer girl
    Gamer girl 8 months ago +2

    Age is just a number

  • Arib Helmi
    Arib Helmi 8 months ago

    Supports only for the reformation father

  • denzel lim
    denzel lim 8 months ago +1

    Cos his not najib

  • Steve Thorn
    Steve Thorn 8 months ago +1

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

  • MrBuzzSargent
    MrBuzzSargent 8 months ago +56

    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

  • Zul Kebau
    Zul Kebau 8 months ago

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

  • Anam Shah
    Anam Shah 8 months 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 8 months ago +1

    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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months ago

    Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed is a genuine stateman ❤️

  • Aidiel Ynwa
    Aidiel Ynwa 8 months ago

    I love tun mahathir

  • Ammii Rul
    Ammii Rul 8 months ago +2

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

  • Wesley Yeap
    Wesley Yeap 8 months ago +1

    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 8 months ago +1

    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 8 months 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 8 months ago +23

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

  • Anthony Butler
    Anthony Butler 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months 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!

  • Padini Fakhri
    Padini Fakhri 8 months 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 8 months ago +2

    Epic comeback.
    Comeback is real.

  • ean dean
    ean dean 8 months ago

    The grand DADDY ISSUES

  • claire l.
    claire l. 8 months ago +2

    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 8 months ago

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

  • Lol Loo
    Lol Loo 8 months ago

    praying for a better Malaysia outside and inside

  • Nana Almani
    Nana Almani 8 months ago +2

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

  • Park Chimmey
    Park Chimmey 8 months ago +1

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

  • Little otaku potato
    Little otaku potato 8 months ago

    He has been a leader for 22 years i think

  • azahri Yana
    azahri Yana 8 months ago +1

    I luv U Tun M!

  • kamal Bardia
    kamal Bardia 8 months 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 8 months ago

    I love mahathir mohamad ❤

  • sunset bloom
    sunset bloom 8 months ago +2

    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
    Unkwon Malaysian Guy 8 months ago

    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 8 months ago +5

    Because he touched our heart ♥

  • Helena Wan
    Helena Wan 8 months ago +2

    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 8 months ago +1

    Kuasa rakyat bkn kuasa najib!!

  • Happy Michie Worriah
    Happy Michie Worriah 8 months ago

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

    Long liveeeeeee

  • Yefraim Yef
    Yefraim Yef 8 months ago

    He better than Najib

  • is
    is 8 months ago

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

  • Princess Katara
    Princess Katara 8 months ago

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

  • GaeBulga
    GaeBulga 8 months 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 8 months ago +2

    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!

  • El Hadid
    El Hadid 8 months ago +1

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

  • Algabron
    Algabron 8 months ago

    The Real Malay Hero...He is Tun M

  • Colin Yuan
    Colin Yuan 8 months ago

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

  • Ulau Joe
    Ulau Joe 8 months ago

    He give the malaysians a holiday on thursday to friday

  • Rumaizah Nordin
    Rumaizah Nordin 8 months 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 8 months ago

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

  • heng cc
    heng cc 8 months ago

    Mahathir won because of Najib's alleged corruption

  • Az Eddie
    Az Eddie 8 months 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 8 months 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 8 months ago +3

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