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KUCHING, Jan 14: Sarawak United Peoples’ Party’s (SUPP) decision to set up two new wings to cater for members aged 18 to 28 signifies inclusivity for the young generation.
SUPP Stakan branch chairman Dato Sim Kiang Chiok said the Parliament and State Legislative Assembly (DUN) had approved the law to reduce the voting age from 21 to 18 (Undi18).
“They (younger generation) are now more educated and would be able to make a wise choice when they are allowed to vote from this year onwards.
“Our government is based on ‘of, for, and by’ the people, which means that with Undi18, any newly elected government must cater to this young age group’s requirements and requests,” he said in a statement today.
He further said this age group would be supporting the political party that hears and acts on their voices, and therefore, it is timely and suitable for SUPP to be more inclusive for all voters.
“The young voters will be looking for a government that will help them in their education and job opportunities, providing a clear and safe direction for a great future for them in this country so that they can grow, progress, and have a fulfilling life.
“They would want to make a good salary at a rewarding job so that they can grow and fulfill their potential.
“Thus, any political party that wants to be elected must take this new generation seriously to win their support,” he added.
He also said the automatic registration of voters is also a good move by the government so that all Malaysian citizens are qualified to vote from 18 years old onwards.
“In this digital age, automatic registration should be safe and secure so that the voting process can be carried out properly.
“Automatic registration will also give every citizen their right to vote. ― DayakDaily