The former education minister, Maszlee Malik had introduced the Dewan Rakyat to a comic book, which is published to educate our youths on the importance of voting.
When discussing about the progress of the Undi18 constitutional amendment, Maszlee told the Law Minister, Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar that he hopes the Election Commission (EC) will consider his comic as part of its awareness programme.
“Among the most effective types of literature for educating the youth is through comics, so I have produced this Undi18 comic book to educate our youth.”
“I hope that the EC will be willing to cooperate to educate the youth, as this is not a political propaganda book, but a comic on civic education on how to make them a responsible citizen.” he said, according to Malay Mail.
This comes after Junaidi explained the measures to be taken at the upcoming Melaka state poll, including on awareness programmes to prepare the new teenage voters once the amendment comes into effect at the end of this year.
According to Maszlee, the comic book was produced as part of his education series of books, and it is written and illustrated by Nafisah Hisam, Irfan Foner, and M. Hussin Abd.
Meanwhile, the Speaker Datuk Seri Azhar Azizan Harun also teased Maszlee for his multiple talents.
“He’s not only a Yang Berhormat, but he is also an actor, a comic writer, and many more.” Azhar said.
Azhar said this in reference to Maszlee’s being casted in a short film “Taruh”, a fan-made adaptation of the South Korean TV series Squid Game in Netflix.
Last week, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said the government will lower the voting age for Malaysians from 21 to 18 starting 1 January 2022, in accordance with the decision made by the Kuching High Court in Sarawak previously.
He said the Cabinet had decided not to appeal against the court’s decision although the Election Commission (EC) previously said in a statement that preparations to implement the move could only be made by September next year.
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Watch the press conference as Maszlee promotes his comic here: