Learn from mistakes

Members of Youth Parliament. Photo: parliamen.gov.my

KUCHING: Youth should be allowed to make mistakes and grow along the way, says Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing.

He was referring to a recent Bernama article which pointed out that young and aspiring political leaders in Malaysia had yet to stand out on their own, noting that these youth were ‘still under the shadows of the old guards’ as the country’s political landscape is still predominantly comprised senior politicians.

In the write-up, Senior Fellow of the National Professor Council Dr Jeniri Amir said young leaders had not been given due recognition in Malaysia’s political landscape, attributing this to the probable lack of confidence in young leaders.

He said youth should be given exposure from an early stage, adding that the credibility of young leaders should not solely be based on educational background but should also be considered in tandem with their communication skills, political experience, and their ability to win over the heart of the masses.

“The party system must allow the young to make mistakes and grow along the way,” Masing said in agreement with the assessment made in the article.