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KUCHING, Nov 13: The 12th Sarawak Election can be held from Jan 1, 2022 and still be within the 60-day limit of the dissolution of the State Legislative Assembly (DUN) if the Sarawak government is true to their words and sincere in their commitment to the youth.
Democratic Action Party (DAP) Sarawak member Julian Tan, who is special assistant to Chong Chieng Jen, highlighted that otherwise, some 135,000 youths aged between 18 to 21 in Sarawak will miss their chances to vote if the election is held before the end of this year.
“It is only a mere few weeks before they can vote after Dec 31, 2021,” he said in a statement following a meeting with representatives from Undi18 and Undi Sarawak today.
DAP Sarawak and representatives from Undi18 and Undi Sarawak have met to hear about and discuss political issues in Sarawak and Malaysia in general, especially involving the youth.
Tan commended the gesture from Undi18 member Soon Wei Xen and Undi Sarawak members Ivan Alexander Ong and Mohamad Fartul Iqwan who took the initiative to reach out to various parties from both political divides in Sarawak to better understand the current political situation in Malaysia especially with the looming Sarawak Election.
“It demonstrates good leadership and youth ownership in shaping their future via inclusiveness and active involvement.
“Malaysia is in urgent need of a healthy democracy. A strong foundation is a cornerstone to building a better Malaysia,” he said.
Among the topics discussed in the meeting, Tan shared, include youth involvement and empowerment in politics, the current political situation in Malaysia and Sarawak and moving forward strategies on continuous engagement between all political parties regardless of political divide.
In-depth discussions also centered around the importance of raising public political awareness especially among the youth through continuous education.
Tan added that the current Malaysia education syllabus is in need of urgent reforms as it would be instrumental in ensuring all citizens are well educated on their democratic rights and how a healthy democracy should work in Malaysia. — DayakDaily