Launch of virtual youth state assembly

Ng (centre) at the launch of the virtual Selangor state youth assembly.

CALLING all politically-inclined youths keen to participate in state legislative assembly debates — the Virtual Youth Selangor State Assembly 2020 programme is now open for application.

Selangor state assembly Speaker Ng Suee Lim urged Selangor youths to participate in the programme aimed at exposing them to politics at a young age in order to build their interest in political issues.

He said the programme was aimed at stimulating youths’ interest in politics.

“Through this process, they can take a peek behind the curtains and gain valuable insight into our country’s political system.

“This programme is a unique experience for youths to participate in mock state legislative debates, where they will have the chance to discuss, propose and pass motions on key issues,” he explained at a press conference held at the state Secretariat building.

The virtual programme, which will be held on Oct 3, is jointly organised by the Selangor state legislative assembly, Undi18 and Penggerak Belia Tempatan (PeBT) Subang Jaya Municipal Council Zon 16.

All youths living in Selangor aged between 15 and 35 are encouraged to apply.

Fifty-six candidates will be chosen to represent every state constituency in the mock state legislative assembly.

“We decided to open applications to those below the voting age of 18 in order to encourage school-aged children to think critically and arm them with enough political knowledge to vote for the right candidates in the next elections,” said Ng.

The participants will also be allowed the freedom to select and debate their own topics, including political issues, as long as they adhere to the basic rules of state assembly debates.

Ng said Selangor would be the first state in the country to carry out a virtual youth state assembly due to the ongoing pandemic, as the programme held in past years had been conducted in person.

Also present at the programme launch were Undi18 co-founder Tharma Pillai and representatives from PeBT MPSJ Zon 16 and the Selangor state Secretariat.

“All selected participants will attend workshops where they will be trained in the rules and proper etiquette of state legislative assemblies prior to the official programme,” Tharma said.

The programme has already received more than 300 applications from youths all over Selangor, with quotas in place to ensure adequate representation of women, the disabled, the B40 community and other minorities in the programme.

Online applications are open through the programme’s social media pages @PAMSVirtual or the official state assembly website, until Sept 4, while the selected candidates will be announced on Sept 7.

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