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Amended 18 voting age a major breakthrough, says Sabah politician

Last update: 17/07/2019
KOTA KINABALU, July 17 (Bernama) -- Malaysians have shown democratic maturity with Parliament passing a ground-breaking vote to lower the nation’s voting age from 21 to 18 years.

“It is a historic vote where parliamentarians stood in one voice to amend the Federal Constitution on Tuesday to allow for our younger generation to play a more important role in nation building," said Jo-Anna Sue Henley Rampas, who is political secretary to Sabah's Chief Minister.

In a statement here today, she added that the process to lower the voting age to 18 from 21 was seen as a major breakthrough in Malaysia’s societal history.

“It will rejuvenate Malaysia. This novel perspective will foster a tsunami of young people to play dynamic roles in political organisations.

“There will be a sense of rejuvenation in the political landscape of this region by implanting new energy in the policy making process,” said Jo-Anna, who is also deputy chief of Wirawati Parti Warisan Sabah.


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