SHAH ALAM, May 20 ― PKR Youth announced today its support for #Undi18, a youth initiative lobbying for the voting age to be reduced to 18 instead of the current 21.
The wing's chief Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad said the lower voting age is a common practice in many modern democracies, with Indonesia putting it at 17.
“The majority age based on Malaysia's judiciary today is 18 years where a citizen is considered an adult. They can participate in agreements, drive and get married at that age.
“It is time for the Federal Constitution to be amended to enable the eligible age for voting to be the consistent with the current legal majority age, that is 18 years,” Nik Nazmi told the wing's congress here.
A group of youths have started a campaign to lower the eligible voting age from 21 to 18 years old, saying young adults were the largest age group in the country.
Calling themselves Undi18, the six youths kicked off a signature campaign last Saturday to generate support for their call to give young Malaysians a bigger say in the country’s direction.
Although conceding it was unlikely that an amendment to Article 119(1) of the Federal Constitution to lower the voting age can be done in time for the next general election, he said the group was hoping for this to occur by the 15th general election.