Muda can pose a threat to all parties, says Faizal

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PETALING JAYA: Bersatu admits that the newly-registered Muda is capable of challenging other political parties, especially with the implementation of Undi18.

However, its deputy president Ahmad Faizal Azumu said that it will take more than that to unseat the current government.

“When given a role, of course they (young people) are enthusiastic. It is true that Muda can be a threat, maybe even to all political parties,” the youth and sports minister said.

“But we must realise that the youth also have an interest in other parties, including those from PN and BN. So all parties could make an impact (following Undi18),” he said during a programme on RTM tonight.

Muda’s lengthy registration process, which started in Sept 2020 and saw the party go through three legal challenges, ended last month when it was finally registered by the Registrar of Societies (RoS).

Earlier today, Johor Muda chairman Mohd Azrol Rahani said it was likely that Muda president and Muar MP Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, as well as the party’s secretary-general Nur Amira Aisyah Abd Aziz, would be fielded as candidates in the upcoming Johor polls.

It was reported that some 6% of the 2.5 million voters in Johor will comprise 18 to 20-year olds, following the implementation of Undi18.

Commenting on the proposal that election candidates should be under the age of 65, Faizal said that candidates’ ability to carry out their duties was more important than their age.

“I don’t agree with limiting the age of the candidates. It doesn’t mean anything if they are young but they can’t do the work, are not trustworthy and are irresponsible.”

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