Future depends on youth talent and visions

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KUCHING: The youths of today must be of high quality, talented as well as visionary to ensure Sarawak’s future, said caretaker Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.

He said this was crucial to continue the efforts under Sarawak’s Post Covid-19 Development Strategy (PCDS) 2030 to transform the state.

“The youth that we produce must be visionary and goal-driven and I think the whole youth movement in Sarawak, regardless of religion and racial background, have the talent.

“That is why under PCDS 2030, an important sector is talent development and innovation, this is important and the role will be played by the youths.

“I pray that they (the youths) will succeed, producing quality and visionary youths in the future as they will be the ones to take over the state government administration from us,” he said.

He said this when officiating at the launch of the Sarawak Youth Roadshow @ Satok programme at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) on Saturday (Nov 27).

Abang Johari hoped the PCDS 2030 will be continued with another development masterplan until 2050 by the next generation of leaders.

“They (the youths) must have a goal in life as there will be a time when you will take over from me, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah and Assistant Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Snowdan Lawan.

“Of course, now you are in the (youth) team, but moving towards 2050, you will be at the age (to take over),” he said.

Earlier, the chief minister said Sarawak’s youth talents could be seen through the creative media industry with numerous video contents being broadcast by TVS.

“I have seen a few dramas produced at TVS and now our TV station is collaborating with other stations through an exchange agreement.

“The other TV stations want to take the drama that we have produced. Someday I hope that our work will be showcased to the world. This will be the future,” he said.

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