Youths eager to see new and young faces contesting in polls

JOHOR BARU: Youths here have lauded the Johor government’s move to lower the eligible age of electoral candidates for state seats from 21 to 18.

German-Malaysia Institute (GMI) student Tuan Adam Syakir Tuan Ismail, 19, said he looked forward to seeing new and young faces contesting in the next state and general election.

“It is exciting to see what youths can do for the country.

“I think the idea that youths are not mature enough to lead a country is no longer relevant.

“I have seen many people my age who have been able to show great leadership qualities.

“Even during the recent floods, we have seen youths leading efforts to help victims.

“I believe that given the opportunity, those who have the talent and passion to lead the country would be able to do wonders,” he said.

Tuan Adam added that while he had no plans to contest in an election anytime soon, he would support his peers if they decide to do so.

“Of course, it will depend on whether they have what it takes to be an assemblyman or MP.

“I will not vote a person simply because they are of my age,” he said.

Johor Matriculation college student S. Dharshini, 19, echoed the same sentiment, adding that age does not reflect one’s knowledge and talent in leading a country.

“That said, it is important for those who want to contest in elections to equip themselves with the necessary knowledge to be good leaders.

“They should have the right intention when they decide to enter politics or contest in elections.

“They also need to have the right objectives and most importantly, serve the people and hold on to their promises once they get elected,” she added.

Meanwhile, Chloe Ling Chun Fern, 19, said that she was looking forward to seeing more young people take up leadership roles.

“People mature at different ages and I believe youngsters who are interested to contest in elections would do their level best to sharpen their knowledge.

“I think that by having people of all ages in the government, including youths, our leaders may be able to relate and understand the plight of the people better,” she said.

Last Thursday, the state government amended and approved the Undang-Undang Tubuh Kerajaan Negeri Johor 1895 (Amendment) Enactment 2021 to lower the eligible age of electoral candidates for state seats from 21 to 18.

The amendment to Article 16 of the Johor State Constitution was tabled by Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad at Bangunan Sultan Ismail during a special one-day state assembly sitting and was approved unanimously.

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