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Young voters at the forefront of changing political landscape



PETALING JAYA: Undi18 has brought about a change in Malaysia’s political landscape as young people have now become valuable assets for all parties, says Muda Secretary General Amir Hariri Abd Hadi.

He said that with the inclusion of the younger cohort of voters under Undi18, youth who were previously seen as simple and powerless standard-bearers are now seen as the biggest asset for political parties.

According to Amir, the lowering of the voting age to 18, or the Undi18 movement, has also made young people an asset for parties like Umno.

He said that Undi18’s greatest achievement is that it has started conversations among young people about politics and current affairs.

“The talks are about specific issues such as corruption and the policies of the ministries and human rights.”

He said that Undi18 has also created a space for young people to be at the helm of political parties, with some parties now beginning to field younger candidates in general elections.

“As for Muda, our ecosystem of parties adapts to the current political scenario. Our party was born due to the breakthrough of Undi18,” he said of the youth-focused party led by Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

Amir said the government should also be responsible for educating young voters.

He said the government should appoint an NGO to each school to expose the younger generation to the “reality of society”.

“Political education is not just about the party,” he added.

Amir said the responses Muda received through its Malaysia Maju outreach program in recent months showed that young people want better living conditions for all Malaysians.

“They demand better quality jobs that pay adequately.

“They demand better mobility around the city through a better public transport system,” he said.

MIC Youth chief K. Raven Kumar said Johor’s election in March was the first to feel the impact of young voters.

“I think it is a clear indication that young people are putting their trust in Barisan Nasional,” he added.

In Johor polls, Barisan won a two-thirds majority after winning 40 of the 56 contested state seats.

To encourage youth participation in politics, Raven said that MIC Youth has launched an initiative known as “Briged Pemuda MIC” that promotes volunteerism.

He said that Briged Pemuda MIC has contributed to help during the Taman Sri Muda floods, adding that they are also preparing to help during the year-end monsoon season.

Raven said the concerns of young people differ from those of those who remain in rural and urban areas.

But in general, they just want a supportive and stable government.

“They know that an unstable government affects their dreams.

“That is why in Johor, our ideology was ‘Kestabilan Demi Kemakmuran’ (Stability for Prosperity), and we have all seen how the economy has not only recovered, but there are now various opportunities available to the youth,” Raven said. .

Based on the MIC experience, Raven said that young people are very interested in local politics.

“We get to see how vocal they are on social media and it’s very welcome,” he added.

Pejuanita Muda chief Dr. Nurul Ashikin Mabahwi said the challenge is to ensure that the Undi18 group goes out to vote.

He also said that older candidates may be on the losing end as younger voters may gravitate toward candidates within their age group.

According to statistics from the Electoral Commission, some 1.39 million voters are registered in the electoral register under the category Undi18.

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Azalina vows to address, amend outdated laws to be relevant with current times



KUALA LUMPUR: As the new Minister for Law and Institutional Reform, Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said promises to address laws that are outdated and make necessary changes to make them relevant to current times.

In a statement on Saturday (December 3), Azalina said, among other things, that the reform includes the separation of powers of the Public Ministry and the Public Ministry, to preserve the independence of the discretion of the Public Ministry.

“I will also ensure that outstanding issues, including the citizenship status of children born abroad to Malaysian mothers, make continued progress and, where necessary, reform laws to restore the rights of the vulnerable, marginalized and those who don’t get the same treatment in our nation,” he said.

Meanwhile, in the same statement, Azalina said that there are many challenges ahead for the Unity Government as it navigates the next term, taking into account the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and the economic downturn expected in the coming year. .

“The portfolio that I am leading involves efforts that span the length of government. I look forward to working together with elected representatives from various parties to address the challenges,” he added.

With vast experience as a Cabinet member and having headed various ministries since 2004, Azalina once made history when she became the first woman to be appointed Minister of Youth and Sports in 2004 and the first woman to be appointed Vice President of The House of Representatives. Representatives in 2020.

Azalina was also Minister of Tourism from 2008 to 2009 and Minister in the Department of the Prime Minister (Legal Affairs) from 2015 to 2018. – Bernama

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Bung says Sabah sidelined in Cabinet line-up



KOTA KINABALU: Datuk Seri Bung Moktar Radin (Photo) says he feels Sabah is underrepresented in Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s federal cabinet.

Sabah’s deputy chief minister said the two ministerial posts the state received through Pakatan Harapan’s Upko and Gabungan Rakyat Sabah (GRS) party did not reflect the support given to the unity government by Sabah MPs.

“It seems that Sabah has been left out of the Cabinet formation in the new unity government.

“There is not even one Sabah Barisan representative in the cabinet compared to Sarawak, which has five,” he said in a statement here on Saturday (Dec 3), adding that this was not fair to Sabah.

Sabah chief Barisan Nasional said he respected the Prime Minister’s decision, but said Sabah needed to be reflected equally in the Cabinet to show that the Federal Government meant business in ensuring that Sabah’s rights and development were in the agenda of the new Federal Government. .

“I’m worried. Does this mean that Sabah will also be left out of the development?” questioned Bung Moktar, who led Sabah Barisan to a seven-seat victory in the just-concluded GE15, the most among parties they contested in the state.

Anwar had announced on Friday (Dec 2) evening that incoming Upko Chairman Datuk Ewon Benedick and GRS Papar MP Datuk Armizan Ali have been appointed to their cabinet as Minister for Business Development and Cooperatives, as well as Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Sabah and Sarawak). Affairs) respectively.

Of the seats in Sabah, GRS won six, Pakatan (five), Warisan (three), Independents (two), and one seat for Parti Kesejahteraan Demokratik Masyarakat and Perikatan Nasional.

Bung Moktar congratulated the two new Sabahan ministers, but stressed that it was important that Sabah receive portfolios that would benefit the state.

“The people chosen for the job must be well-versed in the issues of Sabah’s rights and the needs of the state.

“Sabah needs a strong voice in Cabinet to make sure that development funds for our schools, roads and electricity, among others, are dealt with quickly without further delay,” he said.

Bung Moktar said he hoped all the new ministers would prioritize Sabah affairs so that the state does not remain in the background.

“We don’t want Sabah to be left out again in terms of development, especially infrastructure, which is vital for the people.

“For example, the Pan Borneo highway project must continue and be accelerated. We do not want the project to be discontinued again as it happened when Pakatan became the government in 2018,” he said.

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More than 30 locations nationwide at risk of landslides



PETALING JAYA: More than 30 locations across the country have been identified as landslide hotspots and with the current continued rain, the potential for landslides is even greater.

Malaysia’s Department of Minerals and Geosciences said continuous rainfall during the northeast monsoon, which is expected to last until March next year, is the main reason why areas with slopes greater than 25° are at risk of erosion. .

“This current monsoon phenomenon may result in the potential for landslides being higher, especially in settlement areas with slopes greater than 25°, hillside roads and river basin areas in some ecological parks,” it said in a statement.


The department added that the hotspots are in Pahang (Cameron Highlands, Fraser’s Hill), Selangor (Bukit Antarabangsa-Hulu Langat, Kuala Kubu Bharu), Kedah (Gunung Jerai, Baling), Penang (Tanjung Bungah, Paya Terubong), Negri Sembilan ( Genting Peras, Jalan Seremban-Simpang Pertang), Perak (Ipoh, Kledang), Terengganu (Aring-Kuala Berang-Kenyir), Kelantan (Lojing – Gua Musang), Johor (Gunung Pulai), Sarawak (Miri, Kapit, Bau) and Sabah (Kota Kinabalu, Kundasang, Sandakan), among others.

The areas are under constant monitoring by the department and relevant agencies, he said.

The Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources and its agencies, which include the department, have also been evaluating, monitoring and implementing landslide risk reduction programs throughout the country.

“A total of 25 ecological parks, which are tourist attractions, have been identified as potentially threatening with the occurrence of mapped debris flows.

“These areas have been installed with an early warning system, while community-based disaster risk management has been established involving local residents and district-level agencies,” the department said.

Staff from the Malaysia Institute of Public Works help rehabilitate landslides at Taman Mega Jaya in Ampang, including shoring up areas with concrete.  — IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The StarStaff from the Malaysia Institute of Public Works help rehabilitate landslides at Taman Mega Jaya in Ampang, including shoring up areas with concrete. — IZZRAFIQ ALIAS/The Star

Under the program, local residents receive training to improve their level of preparedness against landslides.

The department said it is also working with local authorities to map the hazards and risks of the slopes.

“The department is committed to providing early information related to geological landslide disasters, including working hand in hand with other technical agencies under the National Disaster Management Agency to develop a network of early warning systems, including the public awareness to reduce the risk of loss of life and property damage,” he added.

Last month, the Meteorological Department said that the northeast monsoon phase will persist until March next year.

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