Muar Member of Parliament (MP) Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman has recently been shortlisted for One Young World's 'Politician of the Year' award
Based in the UK, One Young World is the world's biggest youth leadership summit.
The event brings together delegates from over 190 countries and it is endorsed by influential humanitarian leaders such as Justin Trudeau, Paul Polman, and Meghan Markle.
Established in 2018, the 'Politician of The Year' award is presented to five of the world's most outstanding young politicians between the ages of 18 and 35.
They are chosen based on their impact on young people in their communities and countries. Besides that, the candidates are often those who highlight the benefit of including young people in politics.
One Young World cited Syed Saddiq's 'Projek Reben Kuning' initiative as the reason behind his nomination.
The movement is aimed to give second chances at employment to young ex-convicts.
Bernama previously reported that while Syed Saddiq was the youth and sports minister in 2019, the project benefitted 24,234 people.
Meanwhile, Phoong Jin Zhe is the only other Malaysian politician who has been nominated for the same award.
He was shortlisted by One Young World in 2019 when he was the youngest state assemblyman and youngest youth and sports state minister of Sabah.
He was known for championing students' autonomy in university, and he also oversaw a community centre which provided free tuition for underprivileged children.
This year, a total of 15 politicians from all around the world have been shortlisted for contributions they have made to their local politics
The shortlisted nominees are currently being reviewed by One Young World's expert judging panel who will decide the final five winners.
The winners will be announced in mid-July and will be presented with the awards at the One Young World 2021 Summit in Munich.
Previously, Syed Saddiq was named one of the world's most influential young people in the government: