Syed Saddiq is a 25-year-old Minister that wants to lower the voting age – and that’s not all he intends to change

New Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman wants to lower the age Malaysians are eligible to vote.
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At the age of 25, Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman is the youngest minister in the history of Malaysian politics.

Now, the man who is a icon for Malaysia youths is proposing a change that will allow them to make even more of an impact in the future.

Syed Saddiq has suggested that the voting age should be lowered to 18 years as compared to 21 now.

He also wants the age to be lowered ahead of the 15th General Election, The Star reported.

“But first we have to have a political exposure programme for young people”, he said.

The Youth Chief of the Malaysian United Indigenous Party is also planning a whole host of changes to benefit youths.

He will be discussing the issue with Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik on how exposure in relation to the democratic process could be applied at the school level – specifically at upper secondary so that they can fully understand the intricacies of politics early on.

To allow more youths to contribute actively, he said efforts would be made to limit the maximum age to join a youth association to 35 years old only.