Govt's decision not to appeal High Court Undi18 ruling welcome

THE government's decision that it will not appeal the decision by the Kuching High Court is an important step forward in securing the right to vote for millions of young Malaysians.

I would like to emphasise that in April this year, MCA Youth met up with the Election Commission and submitted a memorandum on Undi18, proposing three demands. They are:

1. Before the 15th General Election (GE15), the policy to lower the voting age from 21 years to 18 years must be accelerated.

2. MCA Youth understands that the implementation of automatic voter registration requires cooperation with the National Registration Department. We, therefore, hope that the EC will provide a timetable for implementing this policy and a list of parties cooperating.

3. At least two youth representatives are required to become members of the EC to ensure that the voices of young adults are taken seriously. MCA Youth proposes that one of the representatives be below 21 years old; the other should be below 30 years old.

Furthermore, MCA Youth extends our cooperation with the EC to facilitate the implementation of Undi18.

Datuk Nicole Wong Siaw Ting is the MCA National Youth chairperson

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