PM: We will see if there was interference from palace


KUALA LUMPUR: The government will see if there was any “interference” from the Johor palace over the youth age limit issue which saw the state changing its stand several times.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said there must be some interference for the state to make the remark.

On Wednesday, Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was reported as expressing hope that the Johor palace would not interfere in the state government’s affairs.This followed Johor’s announcement that it would maintain its categorisation of youth for its policies as those between 15 and 40 despite the Federal Government’s move to lower the age limit to 30.

On Tuesday, the state changed its stand to lower the age limit to 30 but less than 24 hours later, a state exco issued another statement saying that Johor was maintaining the age at 40 following “advice from several parties”.

Speaking to newsmen at the Parliament lobby yesterday, Dr Mahathir said: “Well, there must be (some interference) because that is why they (Johor state government) made the remark. We will see if there is any interference or not.”

Asked on the next cause of action if the government finds interference from the palace, Dr Mahathir said: “We will study and see the reasons given if it’s acceptable or not.”On why the different age limits between the federal and Johor governments, the Prime Minister said this could be due to the age of members in such organisations.

“There are youth organisations there (Johor) and many (members) are over 30. They are no longer youths. They will become adults,” he added.