Mahathir Responds to Johor’s Capping of Youth Age at 40

PUTRAJAYA, July 15 (Bernama) — The Federal Government will revoke the decision of the Johor government on the youth age cap if there has been interference from the palace in the matter, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.

The Prime Minister stressed that the palace has no right to intervene in the matter.

“If we find that there has been intervention from the palace, we will revoke the decision,” Dr Mahathir, who is also Bersatu chairman, told a press conference after chairing a meeting of the Bersatu Supreme Leadership Council, here.

After the Dewan Rakyat approved on July 3 the Youth Societies and Youth Development (Amendment) Bill 2019 that seeks to lower the youth age cap from 40 years to 30, Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal said on July 8 that Johor will retain the cap at 40.

Dr Mahathir said he had not received any clarification on the matter from Dr Sahruddin.

“He (Dr Sahruddin) has not given any explanation. I will ask him, then I will let you (journalists) know,” he said.

A day after Dr Sahruddin commented on the matter, Johor Youth, Sports, Entrepreneur Development and Cooperatives Committee chairman Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali said in a statement that the state government accepts the new youth age cap.

Then, the state government reverted to retaining the age cap at 40.


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