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Constitutional amendment on suffrage for 18 year olds in Malaysia

Mohamad Amin, Noor Shuhadawati and Mohd Badrol Afandi, Nor Hafizah and Rajadurai, Mitra Manisha (2020) Constitutional amendment on suffrage for 18 year olds in Malaysia. Malayan Law Journal, 3. pp. 10-24. ISSN 0025-1283

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Voting is primarily important not only as a symbol of democracy; it will also determine the government that will run the country. In Malaysia, the Federal Constitution provides the minimum age to pass vote is 21 years old. However, with the recent bill passed in the Parliament, the voting age will be reduced to 18 years old. This paper seeks to investigate the underlying reasons behind the motive to reduce the voting age as some of the positive and negative impacts to reduce the voting age includes 18 years old is the legal age of adulthood in Malaysia by making reference to Thailand and Australia due to the strong resemblance to this country’s legal system. Lastly, this paper also attempts to analyse the constitutional changes that will ensue after the amendment made to the constitution.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 7736/84724
Uncontrolled Keywords: Vote, age, constitutional law, factors, impacts
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
K Law > K3165 Constitutional Law
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws > Department of Civil Law
Depositing User: Dr Noor Shuhadawati Mohamad Amin
Date Deposited: 16 Nov 2020 13:06
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2021 12:54
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/84724

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