Grooming future leaders

Abdul Karim (centre) and (from left) Hamdiah, Jolhi, and Safiee at the launch of Jelajah Belia Sarawak 2020 programme.

DARO: Local youths have been urged to support efforts by the Sarawak government to groom future leaders who can continue to lead the people and the country to greater heights.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the state government had always encouraged youths to participate in various leadership and capacity-building programmes to nurture their potential in taking over the good work by present leaders.

He added that youths could also explore and polish their leadership skills and potentials by taking part in programmes and activities organised by the state government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports as well as other relevant agencies.

“The youths themselves must now nurture their leadership qualities because sooner or later they will be household leaders when entering married life and when they become parents in the future,” he said at the opening ceremony of a Jelajah Belia Sarawak 2020 programme held at the Daro Community Hall on Saturday (July 18).

He urged youths to use their leisure time to explore leadership training opportunities and programmes in order to equip themselves with the necessary knowledge to sharpen their leadership skills.

“Youths need to fill their free time with healthy activities that bring benefits and this includes time they spend by participating in leadership and capacity-building programmes that are offered by the state government and the ministry,” said Abdul Karim, who is also Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister.

On the Jelajah Belia Sarawak 2020 programme which is now entering the 11th series, he said that it had resumed since July 11 in compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOPs) set by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).

Although the programme has been postponed for several months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ministry was confident that it would run smoothly, with several districts throughout the state soon becoming hosts to the event.

Among the activities held in conjunction with the programme were a ‘Townhall with Leaders’ session, ice-breaking session, and motivational talk by Sarawak’s youth icon Ahmad Qadri Basri.

Also present were Daro assemblyman Safiee Ahmad, Ministry of Youth and Sports acting permanent secretary Nancy Jolhi, and Mukah Resident Hamdiah Bakir.