Federal Government will intervene if palace interfered in Johor youth age cap issue, says Dr M

PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Government will intervene in Johor’s policy to maintain the youth age cap at 40, if it is found that the decision was made under “palace influence”, says Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

According to the Prime Minister, the palace has no right to interfere. If they learned that there’s a palace interference, then they will cancel the decision. He said this after chairing a Bersatu supreme council meeting yesterday.

Dr Mahathir also added that there’s no official explanation yet from Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Dr Sahruddin Jamal regarding on the issue.

Johor announced on July 8 that it would maintain its categorization of youth as those between 15 and 40. However, on the following day, the Johor government changed its stand and said that they would lower the youth age limit to 30. Less than 24 hours later, state Youth, Sports, Entrepreneurship Development and Cooperatives Committee chairman Sheikh Umar Bagharib Ali issued another statement, saying Johor would maintain its youth age limit at 40, following “advice from several parties”.

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