Akademi Pilhan Raya continues to educate young voters

by FAYYADH JAAFAR / pic by TMR

THE Election Commission Malaysia (EC), through the Akademi Pilihan Raya (APR), has implemented the Voter Education Programme since 2017 to ensure that all levels of society are given an understanding of the importance of democracy.

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar (picture), in a written reply by Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim during the Fifth Term Dewan Rakyat sitting today, said with the effective reduction of the voter age limit from 21 years to 18 years on Dec 15, 2021, APR will actively implement the education programme through the cooperation of various parties, such as government agencies, organisations, associations, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and so on, so that access to this knowledge will cover all levels of Malaysian society.

“Government agencies that are currently actively working with the EC are organisations that are fully involved with youth, namely the Ministry of Youth and Sports and its agencies; the Ministry of Education Malaysia; the Ministry of Higher Education and Public Universities; the Ministry of Health Malaysia and its training institutes; the Ministry of Human Resources and its institutes; as well as the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia and its agencies such as the Malaysian Information Department,” he added.

NGOs are also involved as an act of inclusivity, having a positive impact in reaching out to these young people and further educating them to become knowledgeable voters and go out to vote during elections.

“These agencies have designed their respective programmes to ensure that knowledge about the election reaches the target group, especially young people who are first-time voters. In fact, NGOs are also involved as an act of inclusivity, having a positive impact in reaching out to these young people and further educating them to become knowledgeable voters and go out to vote during elections,” he explained.