KUALA LUMPUR – The silent majority may well be the ones who hold sway over a country’s political future rather than the noisy majority, according to Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak.
He noted that there may be thousands marching and screaming and demonstrating their displeasure, but there may be an even larger group that had no issues and did not share the views of the minority group of noisy protestors.
“There is a bigger group that remains silent and demonstrate its support or otherwise at the ballot box,” he added.
He noted that politicians generally did not fear the noisy minority as much as the silent majority.
“What they fear is the silent majority because one never knows what the silent majority is thinking and what they will do come polling day,” he said on his blog sskeruak.blogspot.my.
Citing the just-concluded Singapore election as an example, Salleh said the noisy minority dominated the Internet and the social media, making it appear like they represented the majority.
But the election result proved that the silent majority were not with the noisy minority, he said.
Salleh pointed out that undeniably, in Malaysia as well the noisy minority dominated and monopolised the Internet and social media.
“In fact, many are intimidated and don’t want to post their views on the Internet because if you disagree with the noisy minority you would get vilified and insulted,” he said.
However, he said, just like what happened in Singapore, the silent majority got turned off with what the noisy minority was saying on the Internet and in the social media.
Salleh said they watched silently what was being said and the more the silent minority talked the more people were turned away.
“Sometimes overkill can work against you, like what the Singapore election has proven,” he said. – BERNAMA