KUCHING: The Ministry of Youth and Sports in Sarawak fully supports Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s National Youth Day 2021 message.
In it, Muhyiddin stated that the government was committed to continuing its efforts to empower the youth who were an important asset of the country.
State Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah welcomed the prime minister’s statement. He also welcomed the New Youth Development Model which would be formulated by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Malaysia in collaboration with the Malaysia Youth Council.
“Our youth will benefit from this initiative which aims to complement the existing Malaysian Youth Policy 2015-2030 so that it will continue to be relevant, especially with the latest policies that include our country’s Shared Prosperity Vision and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” he said in a Facebook post last Sunday (May 16).
Abdul Karim added the Sarawak government through its Youth and Sports Ministry would continue to support the country’s youth development agenda which gave youth the strength to be future leaders and for Malaysia to create sustainable human capital in the future.
The minister said although the Covid-19 pandemic had posed various challenges, the government through the ministry had never given up in reaching out to the youth.
“The ministry will continue to find innovative ways to approach them following the new norms,” he said.
He said that what had been mentioned was not rhetoric as there were many activities planned and could still be implemented despite the pandemic.
“Last year, we were still able to celebrate Sarawak Youth Day in moderation as well as host a series of online e-Sports tournaments. The response from the youth to the Sarawak Youth Creative Industry Fund (SYCIF) is also encouraging and it has helped them a lot,” he said.
Abdul Karim added the fund, which was introduced in 2018, aimed to develop the talents of the youth in the areas of arts and culture, especially music, film, drama, theatre and others.
“In addition, through the Sarawak United National Youth Organisation (Saberkas), we have also established a good platform and aim to guide and develop the potential of our youth to become versatile leaders.
“Through Saberkas, rural youth can also participate actively in programmes and activities that can increase their participation in the Sarawak’s development agenda,” he said.