Terengganu passes enactment to lower election candidacy age

Terengganu is lowering the eligible age to contest in the state election from 21 to 18.

KUALA TERENGGANU: The Terengganu State Legislative Assembly today unanimously passed the enactment to amend the minimum age for candidates eligible to contest in the state election.

Syariah Implementation, Education and Higher Education Committee chairman Satiful Bahri Mamat said the amendment also sought to lower the age eligibility to be a state legislative assembly representative from 21 to 18.

Met after the assembly sitting, Satiful told reporters the amendment to the Enactment for Terengganu’s Law for the State Government of Self (Chapter One) (Amendment) 2020 would not incur additional costs to the state government and that it was done in line with an amendment made to the Federal Constitution.

Amendments were made to Article 47 of the Federal Constitution pertaining to the minimum age of candidates in elections which were gazetted on Sept 10 last year.

The amendment lowered the minimum age to be eligible to contest in elections to 18 from 21 previously.

Meanwhile, the assembly sitting was told that the state government had temporarily suspended the GanuShop application to make several improvements that would increase sales transactions and entrepreneur participation by 50%.

Entrepreneurship, Human Resources, Micro Industry and Hawker Affairs Committee chairman Mohd Nurkhuzaini Ab Rahman said the application would be fully operational in October.

“Since it was launched last Ramadan, 3,111 entrepreneurs had registered as sellers and 2,000 individuals as users, which together recorded 14,989 business transactions,” he said in reply to an oral question from Saiful Azmi Suhaili (PAS-Kemasik).

The GanuShop application was introduced by the state government to help Ramadan bazaar traders to continue their businesses online as an alternative to the traditional Ramadan bazaar which was banned following the Covid-19 outbreak.