Updated 7 hours ago ·
Published on 13 Aug 2022 11:57PM ·
THE implementation of Undi18, or voting rights for 18-year-olds and above, is seen as a platform for youngsters to prove that they are capable of offering a fresh take on politics, Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz said.
The finance minister said the group is also capable of changing the traditional political style but needs to have a better understanding of current issues to make wise choices for the country’s future.
“At the same time, Undi18 is seen to be able to give young people the opportunity to be actively involved in making decisions on the future of the country. Perhaps after this, we can see more young people becoming leaders, either at the federal or state level,” he said at the 2022 Selangor National Youth Day celebration at Stadium Utama Kuala Selangor today.
“Undi18 is also capable of producing future leaders who are mature and of quality.
“Lowering the minimum voting age is seen to be able to give more time to young people to get more involved in the political arena and national leadership.”
Tengku Zafrul said with more political representatives from among the youth, the voices of the group would also be better heard.
He also said the Covid-19 situation has created more young entrepreneurs and increased the use of digital technology, especially in the gig economy.
“The involvement of young people in the digital industry is able to provide economic stimulation as well as contribute of new ideas to the government. Millennials also no longer depend on the traditional economy and jobs,” he said.
Tengku Zafrul said the two-day Selangor National Youth Day celebration, which began yesterday, also provided a “Y-Career” segment, which involves more than 20 companies offering over 500 job opportunities to locals. – Bernama, August 13, 2022.
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