Soalan Lazim

Soalan Lazim
  • All youth societies registered under the Societies Act 1966 shall apply to be registered under this Act:
  • All leaders and members of the youth societies to be registered under this Act shall be aged not less than fifteen (15) years and not more than forty (40) years.
  • Youth societies need to amend their respective constitutions that is not in accordance with the provisions under this Act.
  • Until its registration is approved under this Act, a youth society is deemed to be registered under the Societies Act 1966 and may continue to be active.
  • Specific laws on youth societies and youth development have not existed in this country or even in other countries. This proves that the government is concern and care about the youth development in the country.
  • This Act is necessary in empowering the youth societies to make it appealing in attracting the youth to be active in the youth society. This Act is important in ensuring that the youth societies remain relevant to national development through a systematic management and monitoring system.
  • The Act will also assist in propelling the youth development agenda to be more integrated, coordinated and synergized with the emphasis on youth development management based on the process of comprehensive consultation and the research and development (R&D) approach.

'Youth Society' means any society having the following characteristics: 

  • having the word 'youth' or the like which means youth in the name of the establishment.
  • all members must be aged not less than fifteen years and not more than fourty years.
  • has the objective of conducting youth’s activities.

The interpretation is based on the interpretation of 'youth' according to the National Youth Development Policy (1997) and has been adopted since 1985. The age-based interpretation is made by considering the factors such as level of maturity, historical facts, psychology, economy, politics and socio-cultural of the youth themselves. For comparison, the 'youth' interpretation of other countries are as follows: 

  1. Singapore - 15 to 30 years
  2. Brunei Darussalam - 15 to 35 years
  3. Bangladesh - 15 to 30 years
  4. Pakistan - 18 to 30 years
  5. Sri Lanka - 15 to 29 years
  6. Hong Kong - 10 to 24 years

This Act is a special law under the Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia: 

  • to register the youth society.
  • to promote youth development activities.
  • to improve the delivery system in youth development.

'Youth' is interpreted under this Act as a person whose age is not less than fifteen years old and not more than fourty years old.


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