KUCHING: The perception that youths are anti-establishment is one that is created by society, said Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.
“Since when were the youths known to be anti-establishment?” asked Abdul Karim when contacted by New Sarawak Tribune yesterday.
“We perceive them as anti-establishment as we don’t understand the youth and take the easy way out to label them as such.
He also rubbished the perception that youths are immature and unprepared to accept responsibilities given by the government.
Abdul Karim was alluding to the constitutional amendment to lower the voting age from 21 to 18 which was passed unanimously by Parliament last Tuesday, garnering votes from all 211 MPs present.
The Bill also sought to lower the age limit for candidates to contest in polls from 21 to 18 as well as paving the way for automatic registration as voters.
When pressed on whether the addition of the new group of voters would be a challenge to the ruling GPS coalition, Abdul Karim said that any challenges faced by the party must be tackled positively.
“If we care to bring ourselves to mingle with the youths, then we can see that they have enormous potential.
“We should try to understand that their outlook, vision, creativity, talent and the knowledge that they have is vast.”
He acknowledged that the youths could bring good things to the nation if their talents were nurtured and their potentials tapped properly.