Youth and Sports Ministry to meet youth organisation over lowering of maximum age for youths

PUTRAJAYA: The Youth and Sports Ministry will meet representatives from 41 youth organisations on Tuesday (Dec 14) to discuss issues linked to the implementation of the Youth Societies and Youth Development Act (Amendment) 2019 (Act 668) on lowering the age limit of youths to 30 years old.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said among matters to be discussed was on finding a solution to the implementation of the law to ensure a win-win situation between the government and the youth organisations.

He told this to reporters when met after the KayuhLasak Shapadu-KBS Putrajaya 2021 Programme here Sunday (Dec 12).

On whether there were objections from youth associations on the lowering of the age for youth, Ahmad Faizal said the majority agreed with it.

“Most agree to it, but they need some time for a soft landing because some organisations had held their meetings for elections early and if we set Jan 1 (for the implementation), it may upset their plans.

“So this is what we want to look into and to find a solution so that all parties are happy,” he added.

Last Nov 17, Ahmad Faizal announced in Parliament that the law on the age limit to hold positions in youth associations from 40 to 30 years old will be implemented on Jan 1 next year.

In another development, Ahmad Faizal said the ministry was always monitor the condition of Malaysian athletes participating in tournaments abroad.

“We monitor their health development, not only the football players in Singapore, but also our women hockey players in Bangladesh and so far, Alhamdulillah, those infected (with COVID-19) are not in critical stage,” he added.

Ahmad Faizal also said he was optimistic that Harimau Malaya will maintain their winning momentum in Sunday’s match against Vietnam at the Bishan Stadium, Singapore.

It was reported that four Malaysian footballers – Khairulazhan Khalid (goalkeeper), Faisal Halim, Akhyar Rashid and Quentin Cheng – had tested positive for Covid-19. – Bernama