by HARIZAH KAMEL / graphic by MZUKRI MOHAMAD
PARTI Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s youth wing, Bersatu Armada, said it fully supports the inclusion of voters aged 18 and above, also known as Undi 18, in the electoral roll.
It said a recent study conducted by opinion research firm Merdeka Centre found 79% of young people in the age group of 21-30 are satisfied with the performance of Prime Minister (PM) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
“This strengthens Armada’s position of fully supporting the inclusion of voters aged 18 and above in the electoral roll as we are confident that this group will give support to Perikatan Nasional (PN) in the general election,” Bersatu Armada executive council Harris Idaham Rashid said in a statement yesterday.
The study, which polled 2,111 respondents from March 31 to April 12 this year, revealed that 57% of respondents said the biggest setback they faced was economic problems as their family income plummeted after the Covid-19 pandemic.
About 70% of respondents said they were satisfied with PN’s performance in managing the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This proves that the measures taken by the government to curb Covid-19 and revive the economy were well received by 70% of the respondents.
“Armada believes the government’s strategy through the six economic stimulus packages is accurate and meets the target groups in need,” Harris Idaham said.
The study also revealed that 67% of respondents are satisfied with Muhyiddin’s performance as PM, with 83% Malays and 66% Indians consenting to the PM, while 30% of respondents from the Chinese community were in agreement.
Harris Idaham said Armada is satisfied with the result of the survey as it showed the acceptance of the PM remained strong, and support among the Malays and the non-Malays on average were in a stable condition.
“In conclusion, the leadership of the PM proved to be effective and accepted by the community. The hashtag #kerajaangagal that went viral has proven to not reflect the real opinion of the people and it is just an empty tactic touted by a small number of social media influencers,” he said.
The postponement of Undi 18 implementation — an initiative to lower the voting age to 18 and allow automatic voter registration for Malaysians — to September 2022 had received backlash from various parties as they claimed it silenced the rights of youths to participate in the process of national development.
The Undi 18 initiative was passed in Parliament in July 2019 and was scheduled to be implemented in July this year.
However, the the Election Commission of Malaysia (EC) announced in March that the implementation had to be delayed due to the Movement Control Order enforced in March 2020 which halted EC’s planning for Undi 18. This had led the Undi18 youth group to bring this matter to court earlier this month.
On April 19, Kuala Lumpur High Court had set May 6 for the Undi 18 judicial review following the Attorney General’s Chambers preliminary objections over the matter.