Malaysia Votes 2018

Final pitch for votes: Najib pledges income tax waiver for young people

Prime Minister Najib Razak, in his speech carried live on several state and private television stations, said that all youth, 26 years of age or less, will not need to pay income tax at all if BN is given the mandate.
Prime Minister Najib Razak, in his speech carried live on several state and private television stations, said that all youth, 26 years of age or less, will not need to pay income tax at all if BN is given the mandate. PHOTO: NAJIB RAZAK/FACEBOOK

Prime Minister Najib Razak made a last-ditch offer last night to waive income tax to Malaysians aged 26 and below if his Barisan Nasional (BN) is returned to power in today's vote.

More than a tenth of Malaysia's 15 million voters fall in this age group, nearly all of whom will be voting for the first time. Previous elections have seen younger voters leaning towards the opposition.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 09, 2018, with the headline 'Najib pledges income tax waiver for young people'. Print Edition | Subscribe