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Malaysia revamps youth age limit

KUALA LUMPUR (BERNAMA) – Malaysia will be lowering the youth age limit from 40 to 30 years old beginning January 1, 2026, according to the Youth and Sports Minister.

Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh announced this key revision, adding that the government has set January 1, 2026, as the date that the Youth Societies and Youth Development (Amendment) Act 2019 (Act A1602) comes into force.

The amendments also encompass setting the age limit for youth society office bearers at 18 to 30 years and shortening the tenure for holding the position of head of a youth society from six to four years.

The setting of the date was the result of a series of discussions between the Youth and Sports Ministry and the Malaysian Youth Council (MBM), she added.

“The government has agreed on the effective date. The date on which the law comes into effect has already been published on the website of the Attorney-General’s Chambers on November 20, 2023.

“Following that, it is important for the Youth and Sports Ministry to inform all stakeholders related to youth today as they need to be aware of the enforcement of the amendment, especially things related to the age limit of youth,” she said at a press conference of the National Youth Consultative Council (MPBN) at the International Youth Centre (IYC), Cheras.

At the same time, Yeoh also emphasised the new age limit was in line with the National Youth Policy and the definition of youth in other countries as being under the age of 30.

“For example, Indonesia (aged 16 to 30), Philippines (aged 15 to 30); Thailand (aged 15 to 24); South Korea (aged nine to 24) and Australia (aged 12 to 24),” she said.

In the meantime, Yeoh said a Joint Committee led by her deputy Adam Adli Abd Halim would discuss transition programmes and strategies to empower leadership and increase the membership of youth organisations.

She said a framework of a transition plan would be prepared consultatively with relevant stakeholders in the first quarter of 2024 to launch the (transition) process.

In a separate development, Hannah announced the Cabinet’s decision to approve the granting of administrative assistance of MYR5 million each year starting this year to MBM and affiliated bodies, subject to Act 668, to strengthen the governance and operation of youth organisations.

“This will help MBM and affiliated bodies to be more active in implementing youth programmes,” she said.

Malaysian Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh. PHOTO: BERNAMA
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