PETALING JAYA: Young Malaysians will refrain from entering politics as long as the authorities do not appear serious in implementing policies that encourage them to do so, says Malaysian Islamic Youth Movement (Abim) president Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz (pic).
Faisal said it appears that there is no willingness by the government to encourage youths to participate in politics following the recent announcement to delay the implementation of Undi18 to Sept 1 next year.
He also criticised politicians who have become “cynical and are now belittling the ability of young people to vote”.
“These leaders are now saying youth are too immature, ” he said in a statement on Tuesday (March 30).
Faisal said that in a series of discourses and engagements related to democracy conducted with upper secondary school students and those aged 18 and above, Abim found that a majority of them are ready to vote in the next general election.
Faisal also cited a study by data mapping service batchgeo.com, which found that 86% of countries have lowered the voting age to 18.
“This does not include neighbouring Indonesia and East Timor, which allows those 17 and above to vote, or 16 other countries which allow those 16 and above to vote.
“Thus, it is a moral responsibility for those involved to expedite Undi18 as a space for young people to play their democratic role as well as monitor government accountability, ” he said.
“Abim stresses that the lack of seriousness in implementing policies that expand the democratic space of young people, including the cynical statements of some political leaders, will indirectly keep young people away from politics, which is one of the mechanisms to contribute to national development and prosperity, ” he added.|0|https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2021/03/30/cynicism-and-lack-of-willingness-only-serve-to-drive-youths-away-from-politics-abim-tells-govt-leaders|1|https://apicms.thestar.com.my/uploads/images/2021/03/30/1095380.jpg|2|www.thestar.com.my|E|