Muslim youth, the reluctant kingmakers in Malaysia’s general election

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s coming general election will be a first for millions of young voters benefiting from a 2019 constitutional amendment that lowered the voting age from 21 to 18.

The cohort who will be eligible to vote for the first time – aged 25 and below – make up about a fifth of the estimated 21 million-strong electorate. Crucially, most of them will be Muslims, a demographic that makes up the majority in two-thirds of constituencies.