New voting age will make young people aware of their duties towards country

KOTA KINABALU (Bernama) – Reducing the voting to 18 years can make young people aware of their responsibilities and duties towards the country, said Sabah Youth and Sports Minister Phoong Jin Zhe.

He said the government’s decision to lower the voting age to 18, as passed in the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday made an important day in history.

“From now on, young people especially secondary school students would be more aware that they have a great responsibility to shoulder.

“They must learn to think and understand politics as well as gain knowledge in making decisions and choices on realising that this is their responsibility and duty as a citizen,” he said in a statement.

The Dewan Rakyat created history on Tuesday when an amendment to the Federal Constitution seeking to lower the voting age to 18, was passed with more than a two-thirds majority.