KOTA SAMARAHAN: The implementation of Undi18 will be very good for political development of the country if the Election Commission (EC) is ready in terms of voter registration.
Muara Tuang assemblyman Datuk Idris Buang said, this is because youths age 18 and above have matured, different compared to during his time as an 18-year-old.
“Those who are 18 years old now are not the same as I was before, because we used to be at that age still thinking about what to eat or what food to put on the table,” said Idris.
He said this at a press conference in conjunction with the launch of a Merdeka rally programme in Muara Tuang yesterday (Sept 11).
Idris stressed that the youth now were thinking about their rights, who their leaders are and where they are in 20 years to come.
“They are also thinking about whether we can be a thriving citizen like in the West and so on,” he said.
The Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Information chief said he fully support the implementation of the Undi18.
“However, is the EC ready because we know that with the Covid-19 pandemic, there are various obstacles that we have to face? Yes, we can do it online but there are things we have to do physically.
He also questioned whether those aged 18 and above were ready to be part of the election with the right knowledge.
“But I’m sure they know what they want, the question now is how do we guide our young people not just those aged 18 and above.
“We even need to tell them about this as early as 7 years old and educate them about rights, so in that way we can catch up with the West or maybe do even better,” he said.
For the record, the Kuching High Court on Sept 3, ordered the EC and the government to implement Undi18 by December 31 this year.