As the voting draws near, I have started to read more papers, besides the internet portals like Malaysiakini and the blogs.
Oriental Daily, a vernacular press, reported today that some bookies are already at work in certain constituencies and collecting bets from voters.
I just cannot understand the mentality of these people. They can bet on anything and everything.
Please do not underestimate the effects in betting. This is a sure way where votes can be swung one way or other.
When a person put a wager of a hefty amount on certain bets, he would expect to win and hence he would vote in order for his bet to win. That would become his primary aim. He would also ask his family members and his friends to vote the same way as he does.
Whether that would result in a moron getting elected will be secondary to him; human being human, he would care for his own bet first.
If many people do the same thing and place bet in a similar trend, then it would definitely skew the result and do not be surprised that a moron get elected this way.
A voter should realise that his vote is very important. It is about voting in people who would form the government, the policies of which would shape the future of the country. If a group of morons get elected and form the government, what types of policies will there be? Ultimately, the one who suffer will be the people themselves.
Gambling in a casino is bad; but at least the one who suffers is the individual himself. But by betting in an election, not only the individual suffers , the whole nation will suffer as will the future generations.
So I would like to appeal to those would-be gamblers not to place any wager in this election. Do not let the bookies control the way they vote. Think of their own future as well as that of their children.