Over the last 50 years, Malaysia’s urban population has increased drastically from 26% in 1960 to 75% in 2016. The demographic change has resulted significant changes in administration and public policies, which concentrate social-economic development in urban centers at the expense of rural area/populations – who are still facing a lack of basic services and economic opportunities.
Apart from a small section in east coast of Peninsular Malaysia, the rural populations are also trapped as BN voters all these decades as they are ignored by the political parties on the opposition side.
This, together with the huge mal-apportionment given to rural constituencies result in the ruling party clinging on to power on the back of disproportionate rural seats while urban voters clamor for change since 1998’s Reformasi movement.
Ong said urban folks should support struggles of rural folks because they have more resources compare to their rural area counter part. They can visit rural area to understand the rural reality, and adopt a “sister constituency” in Borneo to express solidarity.