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Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Implement reforms even if they don’t benefit ruling parties, govt told


Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said youths should not be discouraged if they were ridiculed for their political choices. (Facebook pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: The government needs to undertake reforms even if they do not bring a positive outcome for the ruling parties, Muda’s Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman said.

The Muar MP cited the Undi18 initiative, which lowered the voting age from 21 to 18, as an example of such reforms.

Perikatan Nasional credited Undi18 for its unexpected success in the 15th general election where it won 74 parliamentary seats.

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And many, the former youth and sports minister said, have pointed out the irony.

“This is the problem when people look at reforms from just one political party’s perspective. It never crossed my mind that fighting for reforms is to help party A, B, or C win.

“They (reforms) are for all Malaysians,” Syed Saddiq said when debating the 2023 supply bill.

He also said youths should not be discouraged if they were ridiculed for their political choices or labelled as uneducated and brainwashed.

He said such labels were not levelled against them when they helped Pakatan Harapan win the 14th general election.

Earlier this month, Syed Saddiq said Pakatan Harapan and its allies in the unity government needed to show Malaysians they were serious about reforms promised in the run-up to the November general election.

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If the government were to backtrack and fail to deliver on their promises, they would lose the public’s support, he warned. - FMT

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