KUCHING: The onus is on political parties to engage and educate young voters to foster political maturity among them.
“Don’t regard them as pawns for political survival. They (young voters) must be empowered and groomed,” said Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) political analyst Dick Lembang Dugun.
“Political parties must be willing to conduct engagement activities with the young voters and show them why it is important to vote,” he added.
Dick was also of the view that politicians themselves must show good examples to the youth.
“Politicians must be exemplary in showing their political will in doing anything including legislating policies for the nation. Because in the future, the youth will be taking over as leaders of the nation,” he said.
Dick also pointed out that tertiary education plays an important role in educating the young voters.
“Teach the youth one or two topics relating to the role of voters. Introduce them to what democracy in the country means as one of their course syllabuses.
“Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) must also play their roles in educating the young voters about politics. Introduce outreach programmes in the rural outskirts to engage with them,” he suggested.