Federal government respects Sarawak’s decision on youth age cap: Syed Saddiq

KUCHING (Bernama) – The federal government respects the stand of the Sarawak government in making an in-depth study of the decision to lower the youth age cap from 40 years to 30, Malaysian Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said yesterday.

He said the change only involves associations registered under the Registrar of Youth (ROY).

“What the state government has raised is something different which does not come under the jurisdiction of the federal government to determine. So, only those registered under ROY will go ahead with the change.

“I feel it is the way for us (the state and federal governments) to work closely together where the federal government can assist in targetting aid to youths under 30, the transition of which will begin in December 2021,” he told reporters after paying a courtesy call on Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg at Wisma Bapa Malaysia.

On July 3, Syed Saddiq tabled the Youth Societies and Youth Development (Amendment) Bill 2019 in the Dewan Rakyat, seeking to lower the youth age cap from 40 years to 30.

Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the age factor is not a major issue but what is more important are the programmes for youth development.