MBs, CMs agree to allow those aged 18 contest in polls
Published on: Thursday, November 25, 2021
By: Bernama
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Kuala Lumpur: All Menteris Besar and Chief Ministers have agreed to amend their State Constitutions to allow individuals aged 18 to become candidates in the general election, state election and by-election.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob (pic) said the matter was decided at the 137th Menteri Besar and Chief Ministers’ Meeting (MBKM) on Tuesday.

“The meeting also agreed that there should be more engagement sessions between the Federal and State governments especially on development projects in all states,” he said in a statement Wednesday.

The Prime Minister said to stimulate economic activities, he also called on all state governments to expedite the implementation of economic and business projects.

“Among the matters which should be handled well is the delay in approving land and business licences at state government and local authorities levels,” he said.

Ismail Sabri said all state governments also need to improve their delivery systems and processes by reducing bureaucracy through digitisation initiatives.

According to Ismail Sabri, also discussed in MBKM was the joint effort of the federal and state governments to realise the National Green Technology and Climate Change Agenda including the rehabilitation of destroyed forests and land degradation by 2030.

To achieve the objective, the Government is considering giving incentives to state governments to implement programmes and projects to ensure biodiversity sustainability.

“The granting of compensations in various forms is an initiative to encourage state governments to improve protection and preservation of forest including logging activities and gazetted water catchment areas,” he said.

The Prime Minister said the Government would be setting up the State Digital Economic and Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) Council (MED4IR Negeri) to study the charges and fees of government and local authorities agency services as the rate of payment for telecommunications services is high and burdensome to the people.

Meanwhile, the Vaccinated Travel Lane-Land (VTL-Land) between Malaysia and Singapore, which will be launched on Nov 29, will be limited to only bus transportation with a daily quota not exceeding 1,500 travellers at the initial stage.

According to the statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office Wednesday, other modes of land transportation will be included in stages with the daily quota of travellers to be increased on weekly basis.

“The VTL-Land initiative aims to facilitate quarantine-free, seamless cross-border movement integrating health protocol, security and immigration clearance.

“The Singapore-bound designated VTL-Land bus services will use Larkin Sentral Bus Terminal (Larkin Sentral) as the boarding and disembarkation point in Malaysia, whereas Queen Street Terminal (QST) as the boarding and disembarkation point in Singapore,” the statement said.

It said travellers allowed to take part in the VTL-Land are Malaysia and Singapore citizens and Permanent Residents as well as holders of Malaysia and Singapore Long-term Pass.

The travellers must be fully vaccinated and, for unvaccinated children below the age of 12, they must be accompanied by vaccinated parents or guardians.

Eligible travellers will also be subjected to Covid-19 testing and further health requirements determined by the respective countries. Travellers coming into Malaysia using the VTL-Land need to register at https://mysafetravel.gov.my/ while travellers from Malaysia to Singapore, are required to register at https://go.gov.sg/vtl-portal.

“This registration is compulsory before any purchase of tickets is made,” the statement said.

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