KUALA LUMPUR JULY 4: Former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has two reservations namely the maturity level of young people and schools might be used as battle fields for political parties following the bill to amend the Federal Constitution to lower the voting age from 21 to 18.
Najib said, the age for eligible voters from 21 to 18 might lead to much volatility in Malaysian politics as young people of that age is impressionable and easily be swayed with the latest issues and political situation.
“With that change of voter’s age, the political situation will be difficult to predict. However, we (BN) will support the bill provided the people in that age (18) are automatically registered as voters. It is a global trend now that the voting age is 18 as most countries have adapted to it,” Najib told the media at the Parliament lobby today.
Earlier, Najib had a meeting with the Youth and Sports Minister, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman before talking to the media.
The bill was tabled at Dewan Rakyat for the first reading today by Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman. The second reading is expected to be on July 16.
The (Amendment) 2019 Bill seeks to amend clause 1 of Article 119 of the Federal Constitution to lower the age of a Malaysian who is entitled to vote from 21 to 18 years old.
On the question of his presence in the Dewan Rakyat as Member of Parliament of Pekan as he had to stay for his court hearings, Najib said, the court’s judge can adjust to the dates of the hearings of his case but the Attorney General has disputed to it.
Najib said, during Barisan Nasional (BN) government, Karpal Singh , a DAP, MP was given every single opportunity to attend Dewan Rakyat session even when he was the counsel and not as an accused.
“That was the BN’s latitude, and today where is New Malaysia manifesto, it is not implemented, instead the situation is much tighter now,” Najib asked. –Malaysia World News