Giving Youths A Voice In Electoral Reforms
KUANTAN: Raub UiTM recently took part in a national seminar held in Parliament to empower youths on electoral reforms. The seminar titled “Electoral System Reforms: Benefits for the Young Generation” was jointly organised by the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (Abim), Raub UiTM’s Administrative Science and Policy Studies Faculty (FSPPP), Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) and the National Union Of Malaysian Muslim Students.
Raub UiTM said in a statement that the programme was aimed at ensuring the voice of youths were not left behind in the government and NGOs’ efforts to bring about election reforms in Malaysia. It said the programme was also to increase awareness and knowledge of the participants on the subject matter. FSPPP studies centre head Che Hamdan Che Mohd Razali (pic) said students had the opportunity to feel the atmosphere of a scholarly discussion in Parliament other than just studying in classrooms.
“In addition, this programme provides a space for students to offer their opinions on electoral reforms,” he said. Among the topics discussed were political education for the young generation, improvements to the electoral system and the role of civil society in election reforms.
There was also a dialogue session with Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Steven Sim Chee Keong. Up to 220 participants took part in the programme, including FSPPP students, lecturers and alumni as well as the public.