Youths never been sidelined in development programmes, 3.9 million new voters below 30 by December 2021- PM Ismail

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KUALA LUMPUR 30 OCT: The youths have never been sidelined from the national development programmes and as such 25 items benefitting them have been listed under various agenda in the Budget 2022 tabled at the Dewan Rakyat yesterday.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the youths’ feedback obtained from several sources this morning had commented the government has not included them in the Budget.

Ismail said, the benefits outlined for the youths are not listed under one topic but spread out in various segments example RM3, 000 tax exemption for the payment of kindergarten and nursery fees. This benefit is meant for the young people who have children going to the kindergarten.

“The government is committed to guarantee 600,000 job opportunities under the “JaminKerja” programme especially to help the youth and also giving out tablet computer worth RM800 each for B40 youth under the “PerantiSiswa” programme,” Ismail said in his speech officiating the National Youth Day 2021 Celebration via live telecast on TV1here today.

The Prime Minister emphasized that the celebration’s theme, “This Decade is your Decade” is a booster to the youth generation in Malaysian Family to be more courageous and committed in planning the future leadership.

Ismail said:”You will make up 68 per cent of the national work force population and represents nearly 47 per cent of the total population of Malaysian Family. And as such the government today takes the approach of “Working together with the people” following the important roles played by the youths in determining the success of every national development agenda.”

He added, the government has amended the Youth Association Act and Youth Development 2007 (known as Act 668) by reducing the age of a youth from 15 until 40 to 15 until 30. In 2019, the Federal Constitution (Article 119) has also been amended to enable the age limit to vote is reduced from 21 to 18 and the voter is automatically registered.

“This will increase the number of young voters aged 30 and below that is around 3.9 million until 31st December 2021. From that number those aged 18 until 20 is estimated around 1.3 million. These two amendments will be two new benchmarks in the national leadership and youth transitional leadership.

“For that the existing youth leaders need to prepare back-up leaders with calibre and to be prepared to face the national leadership challenges that are wider following the age limit that has been set.

“At the same time, the government with the Ministry of Youth and Sports will continue to accelerate the efforts so that the 5.0 Society will immediately be achieved through various initiatives that have been outlined including via the Malaysian Economic Digital Action Frame (MyDIGITAL), Fourth Industrial Revolution Policy (IR 4.0) and National Digital Network Plan (JENDELA).

Meanwhile, he said, the New Youth Development Model 2030 (MBPB) will be launched in March 2022 aimed at enhancing the efforts to build the national youths and to produce 5.0 Society.

“When it is launched, the MBPB2030 will benefit the youths including widening the socio-economic sectors via opportunities from job creations, education and skill for the future,” he said.-Malaysia World News


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