Umno Lowers Membership Age to 16

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Other changes include “cleaning up” membership list and setting up advisory council headed by Tengku Razaleigh.

Umno will lower its membership age from 18 to 16 as part of changes to be carried out within the party, said its president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

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“Youths are defined as 15 years of age internationally. We have decided to wait until they are 16, but this move is to ensure we are ready for what the future brings,” he told reporters after the Umno supreme council meeting at PWTC in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

Asked to elaborate on the changes, Zahid said the party would “clean up” its membership list, removing those who had died or left.

“We want quality members, not quantity,” he said.

Zahid revealed that the party supreme council had also agreed to the setting up of an advisory council with Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah as its chairman.

“He will be given the liberty to choose the members of the council and the responsibilities they will have,” said Zahid.

All these changes, he said, would be done in line with the hopes and aspirations of the grassroots.

The party, he added, had also set up nine councils, eight committees and 10 secretariats encompassing various responsibilities to empower Umno as a political party in line with Article 3 of its constitution that covers Malay culture and the position of Bahasa Melayu.

“The secretariat will focus on public policy issues,” said Zahid.

The party’s annual general assembly would also be brought forward to September, he added.