From a Student Movement to a Constitutional Amendment

How Undi18 went from a “crazy” idea to spearheading youth democratic empowerment in Malaysia.

Our Story

Undi18 is a Malaysian youth movement that successfully advocated for the amendment of Article 119(1) of the Federal Constitution to reduce the minimum voting age in Malaysia from 21 to 18 years old. We started off as a student movement in 2016, under the umbrella of the Malaysian Students’ Global Alliance. This gave us access to numerous Malaysian student/youth organizations across the world and throughout Malaysia. We officially launched with a memorandum to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in April 2017.

Throughout the years, we have organized numerous town halls, forums and public engagements to raise awareness on youth democratic representation and lowering the voting age. We have also engaged with politicians from multiple sides of the political divide, where we presented our case for the lowering of the voting age in Malaysia. We believe that youth empowerment transcends political lines.

In July 2019, with the support of YB Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (the former Minister of Youth and Sports), we managed to advocate for a historic Constitutional Amendment to lower the voting age in Malaysia. It was the first time in history where a Constitutional Amendment received 100% of votes in the Upper and Lower Houses of Parliament.

Undi18 (Persatuan Pengundi Muda) is a registered National Organization under the Malaysian Registry of Societies with a registration number of PPM-008-14-27092018. We are a social enterprise focusing on voter education and youth public policy engagement.

The Undi18 Team

Meet the people behind our programmes, campaigns, and all of the work that we do!

Qyira Yusri

Programme Director

Tharma Pillai

Advocacy Director

Diffan Sina

Senior Programme Associate

Najwa Rafie

Admin & Operations Associate

If you’re interested in the work we do, and have a passion for advocacy and politics, you’re welcome to join our team! Find our open positions HERE.

Get In Touch

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