PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Youth and Sports will meet on Tuesday December 14 with representatives of 41 youth organizations to discuss issues related to the implementation of the Youth Societies and Youth Development (Amendment) Act 2019 (Law 668) on lowering the age limit for young people to 30 years.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu said among the issues to be discussed was finding a solution to the implementation of the law to ensure a win-win situation between the government and youth organizations.
He told reporters when he met after the KayuhLasak Shapadu-KBS Putrajaya 2021 program here on Sunday, December 12.
On the question of whether there were any objections from youth associations to lowering the youth age, Ahmad Faizal said the majority agreed.
“Most agree, but they need time for a soft landing as some organizations had held their election meetings earlier and if we set January 1st (for implementation) it could disrupt their planes.
“So that’s what we want to look at and find a solution for all parties to be happy with,” he added.
Last November 17, Ahmad Faizal announced in Parliament that the law on the age limit for holding positions in youth associations from 40 to 30 years will be implemented on January 1 next year.
In a further development, Ahmad Faizal said the ministry is still monitoring the condition of Malaysian athletes competing in overseas tournaments.
“We are monitoring their health development, not only the soccer players in Singapore but also our female hockey players in Bangladesh and so far, Alhamdulillah, those infected (with COVID-19) are not at a critical stage.” , he added.
Ahmad Faizal also said he was optimistic that Harimau Malaya would maintain their winning streak in Sunday’s game against Vietnam at Singapore’s Bishan Stadium.
Four Malaysian footballers – Khairulazhan Khalid (goalkeeper), Faisal Halim, Akhyar Rashid and Quentin Cheng – have been reported to have tested positive for Covid-19. – Bernama