Motion to lower voting age bipartisan, says Syed Saddiq

The motion to amend the Federal Constitution to lower the voting age from 21 to 18 is expected to be tabled on Thursday.

KUALA LUMPUR: The motion to amend the Federal Constitution to lower the voting age from 21 to 18 is bipartisan and upholds the spirit of solidarity among members of the Dewan Rakyat, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said.

He said the motion would empower youths who make up the future of Malaysia.

In a statement, Syed Saddiq said the effort to nurture democracy also has the support and attention of members of the opposition, including PAS, MIC Youth, Johor Umno, Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, Khairy Jamaluddin and Bung Mokhtar Radin.

“The youth and sports ministry wants to thank all parties who supported the ‘Undi 18’ campaign and the amendment to the Federal Constitution to lower the voting age from 21 to 18 which will be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat,” he said.

The motion is expected to be tabled on Thursday after the Cabinet agreed on Sept 19 last year to lower the voting age.

Syed Saddiq, the Muar MP, said the ministry would ensure that efforts to empower youths would not end at the Dewan Rakyat but would be an ongoing commitment by the ministry.

“Support from the public will encourage the government to empower youths for a better future for the country,” he said, adding that the proposed amendment also had the backing of non-governmental organisations, civil and mufti organisations.

He said the government was studying ways to register voters online, including amending the Youth Societies and Youth Development Act 2007 and laws relating to the general election.