EMPOWERING MALAYSIAN YOUTH BY LOWERING VOTING AGE

Written by Ashley Koh

Malaysia’s new cabinet wants to involve more youth in the Malaysian political scene by lowering the voting age from 21 to 18. By reducing the voting age, more youths would be politically empowered with their increased ability to have a say in nation-building decisions, said Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman who is 25 years old. Mr Saddiq does seem to have his sights on the right target when in the previous Malaysian General Election, pollster Merdeka Centre estimated that 40% of voters were young people, and 75% of the youth supported the opposition. Even then, Mr Saddiq cautiously noted that ‘they were the ones who brought us into government… they could also be the ones who take us out of government because they are not loyal to any political party’.

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