Feedback sought on age limit for youth leaders

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 23 Oct 2003

THE Malaysian Youth Council is getting feedback from youth organisations on the proposed 40-year age limit for leaders and limiting leadership terms to between two and three years. 

Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ong Tee Keat said the proposal would require the formulation of a Youth Organisation Act. 

“We will leave it to the council’s affiliates to provide feedback and counter proposals. The ministry and the council will then study them,” he said when winding up the Supply Bill at the committee stage. 

Ong was replying to Muhyidin Abdul Rashid (PAS – Hulu Terengganu) who highlighted during the debate that many youth organisations were headed by leaders who were more than 40 years old, including those helming the Malaysian Association of Youth Council and Belia 4B. 

“At the moment, there is no clause stating the age limit of the leaders and their leadership tenure which means even a 70-year-old can be a youth leader.”  

He said several youth organisations appoint leaders who were above 40 based on their constitutions. 

“We cannot amend the constitutions as we like without their agreement. That is why we need a comprehensive Act to limit the age of youth leaders.” 

Under the proposed Act, he said the ministry was considering taking over the registration of youth organisations. 

Ong told Chow Kon Yeow (DAP – Tanjong) that the ministry had also proposed the setting up of a special unit, “Malaysia Boleh branch,” to introduce a guideline for Malaysian youth who wished to make record-breaking feats. 

On a proposal by Datuk Bung Moktar Radin (BN – Kinabatangan) to restructure the Football Association of Malaysia, Ong said the ministry had no power to intervene in the selection of players.  

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