KOTA KINABALU: 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 who stood in one voice to amend the Federal Constitution on Tuesday to allow for our younger generation a to play more important role in nation building, Jo-Anna Sue Henley Rampas, political secretary to the Sabah Chief Minister, said in a statement Wednesday.
“The process to lower the voting age to 18 from 21 is 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 the deputy chief of Warisan’s Wirawati wing.
Describing the passing of the Bill as “electrifying Malaysian politics and democracy,” she said that it helps trigger youthfulness in the democracy of the country.
“It is high time that we should appreciate the input of fresh ideas that the youth have contributed by not recognising them only as voters but seen as associates who can set policy for the government,” she added.
Jo-Anna added Malaysians should be ready to face this progressive development in the country.