Undi18: Govt wants to give more power to young people — PM

'InsyaAllah, the government is always open to hearing the views of young people,' said Ismail Sabri. (Photo by Sam Fong/The Edge)

'InsyaAllah, the government is always open to hearing the views of young people,' said Ismail Sabri. (Photo by Sam Fong/The Edge)

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KUALA LUMPUR (Oct 19): The government wants to give young people in Malaysia more power, hence the implementation of Undi18, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said the move is proof of the government’s confidence in the young generation and wants them to participate in the country’s development process.

Ismail Sabri said he shared his views and action plans for the improvement of the Undi18 initiative during a meeting with representatives of the National Student Consultative Council (MPPK) on Tuesday.

"Alhamdulillah, I received many interesting inputs today (Tuesday), especially those raised by MPPK president Amir Asyraf.

"InsyaAllah, the government is always open to hearing the views of young people," the premier said in a post on his Facebook page on Tuesday.

Also present in the meeting was Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Dr Noraini Ahmad.

Ismail Sabri said the MPPK, which consists of 41 student leaders from 41 universities, plays an important role in providing space for discussions and creating two-way communications between students and the government.

Ismail Sabri, who was the Universiti Malaya student representative council president for the 1982/1983 session, said he believes that some of the young people he met on Tuesday would one day become the country’s leaders.

On Sept 21, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said that the government had decided to go ahead with the implementation of Undi18 and automatic voter registration by Dec 31 this year at the latest as ordered by the Kuching High Court.