Govt values youth in nation building

Datuk Snowdan Lawan

KUCHING: The government’s firm commitment to continue empowering the youth shows the great value placed upon the youth as national asset in nation building, said Datuk Snowdan Lawan.

The Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports said this in support of Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s recent announcement on how the government was committed to continue empowering youth for the development of highly innovative and sustainable human capital.

He pointed out that it was a greatly welcomed move and the formulation of the New Youth Development Model would provide clear directions for the youth. 

The new model is said to complement the existing Malaysian Youth Policy 2015-2035 to ensure it remains in line with current policies like the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 and Sustainable Development Goals.

“There are various initiatives being implemented in the form of assistance packages which our youth should look forward to. Moreover, two big bodies, namely the Youth and Sports Ministry and Malaysian Youth Council will cooperate and collaborate to formulate the New Youth Development Model.

“This is a big trust to the youth population group specifically. Undoubtedly, it will enable our youth to participate in nation building with the aim of making Malaysia a nation with sustainable growth along with fair and equitable distribution across income group, ethnicities, regions and supply chain,” added Snowdan.

“It also means that the youth will directly participate in strengthening political stability, enhancing prosperity and ensuring the rakyat are united while celebrating ethnic and cultural diversity as the foundation of nation-state,” he said.

The Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) youth chief said the state government was also committed to the youth’s empowerment and development.

He pointed out youth in the rural areas were receiving equal attention and there were various activities all year round which complemented the Youth and Sports Ministry’s initiatives.

“The Sarawak National Youth Organisation (Saberkas), as the biggest youth movement in the state, had been an effective platform in nurturing leadership excellence. 

“The state is vigorous in building sports and recreational facilities such as mini stadiums, futsal courts as well as conducting courses and seminars on agriculture, small business ventures, talents scouting and so on.

“These include programmes like Sambutan Hari Belia Sarawak, Youth Leadership Programme, Program Transformasi Belia, Jelajah Belia Sarawak, Sarawak Youth Run and Junior Youth Camp amongst the few,” added Snowdan.

On employment, the Balai Ringin assemblyman stated that the state’s Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Sarawak (Tegas) provided the youth with an alternative avenue to enhance as well as equip themselves with skills and knowledge.

“Of course, issues like employment are always a concern. However, Sarawak has its own Tegas as an alternative avenue for our youth to learn and enhance their skills as well as to explore business opportunities in this area of knowledge based and digital economy.

“Tegas has branches in major towns in the state like Kuching, Bintulu and Miri, all for the benefits of our youth,” he said.