Cabinet agrees to lower voting age to 18

Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

PUTRAJAYA: The Cabinet has agreed to lower the voting age to 18 from the current 21, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman revealed.

He said the proposal, which is one of Pakatan Harapan’s election pledges, was agreed upon unanimously by the Cabinet and after having consulted Attorney-General Tommy Thomas.

Syed Saddiq said Putrajaya will now work towards amending the Federal Constitution to change the voting age.

The Muar MP said, for now, his ministry will set up a committee to get feedback from youths about this matter.

“Regardless of their political leanings, their voices will be heard. We must work together,” he told reporters at his ministry here today.

Present was Syed Saddiq’s deputy, Steven Sim.

Syed Saddiq said he will meet youth chiefs from political parties nationwide to get their views and support for this matter.

He also said once Parliament gazettes the law to lower the voting age, other amendments to the Federal Constitution, related to the electoral process, will need to be made.