Abang Johari: GPS has no issue with Undi 18

Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg (file pic)

KUCHING, Sept 30: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) State government has no problem with the High Court’s ruling ordering the Election Commission (EC) and federal government to implement lowering the voting age from 21 to 18 (Undi 18) by Dec 31 this year.

“We respect the ruling of the High Court. We are a democratic State,” he told reporters during a press conference after launching the Le Tour De Restoration Greening Sarawak campaign at the Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) Complex here today.

Abang Johari, who is also the GPS chairman was responding to a question from a reporter.

In the meantime, the federal government through the Election Commission (EC) is in the midst of implementing the ruling.

This followed a ruling by the Kuching High Court on September 3 which ordered the federal government to lower the voting age from 21 to 18 the latest by December this year.

It was reported that Judicial Commissioner Alexander Siew made the order when allowing a judicial review by five Sarawakian youths who sought to challenge the implementation of the lower voting age.

The youths represent the Undi Sarawak movement and named the Prime Minister, Malaysian government and EC as respondents in their May 3 application. — DayakDaily