Amendment to constitution tabled in Dewan Rakyat

KUALA LUMPUR, The Constitutional (Amendment) Bill 2019 was retabled for first reading in the Dewan Rakyat today, a day after it was withdrawn.

It was tabled by the Youth and Sports Minister, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

Syed Saddiq said that the second and third reading of the bill would be made at the current Dewan Rakyat session which would be sitting until July 18.

The bill proposed to amend paragraph (b) of Article 47 of the Federal Constitution to lower the age of a citizen who is qualified to be a Member of the House of Representatives from 21 years to 18 years.

It was also aimed at amending paragraph (a) Clause 1 of Article 119 of the Federal Constitution to lower the age of a citizen who is entitled to vote from 21 years to 18 years.

The amendment would allow more Malaysian citizens to vote.

The bill also sought to amend the definition of ”qualifying date” in paragraph (b) Clause 4 of Article 119 in the Federal Constitution to give it the meaning the date a person is registered by the EC as an elector in a constituency.

With this amendment, when a citizen reached the age of 18 years and was qualified to vote, he or she would be automatically registered as a voter by the Election Commission.

In the meantime, the amendment proposal also involved Section 5 of the Eighth Schedule to the Federal Constitution to lower the age of a citizen who is qualified to be a member of the Legislative Assembly from 21 years to 18 years.

The amend would involve the government extra financial expenditure the amount of which could not be ascertained at present.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)