JOHOR BARU: The Johor Pakatan Harapan Youth wing has spoken out against the Johor government for its decision to maintain the age cap for youths at 40.
It urged the state government to support Putrajaya's decision on the matter.
Its secretary Azam Mektar said amendments to the Youth Societies and Youth Development 2007 (Act 668) were under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government and had been approved by the Dewan Rakyat with the support by MPs without objection.
Under the new federal definition, "youth" are now aged between 15 and 30.
“There is no excuse for the Johor government to issue contradicting statements on the amendments to the Act.
“The decision by Putrajaya is a step forward in bringing a new shift in the role of youths in the country and has been discussed since 2010,” he said in a statement here on Friday (July 12).
Azam, who is also the Johor Parti Amanah Negara youth vice chief, said the state's stand on the matter put Johor Pakatan Youth in an awkward situation.
According to him, it made it difficult for the state Pakatan Youth wing and also the coalition youth component parties to explain and engage with youths here.
“The two-year period for gazetting as stated by Youth and Sports Minister should be fully utilised to ensure that the agenda is met,” he added.
On Monday, Johor announced that it would maintain its categorisation of youth for its polices as those aged between 15 and 40 despite the Federal Government’s move to lower the age limit to 30.
Johor, at the time, joined Selangor and Sarawak in maintaining the youth age cap at 40.
On Tuesday (July 9), the Johor government changed its stand to lower the youth age limit to 30.
Less than 24 hours later, the state's Youth, Sports, Entrepreneurship Development and Cooperatives Committee chairman Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali issued another statement saying that Johor would maintain its youth age limit at 40 following “advice from several parties”.