(From left) Youth and Sports Assistant Minister Datuk Snowdan Lawan, Karim and Youth and Sports acting permanent secretary Nancy Jolhi.

KUCHING: About 1,000 youths from all over Sarawak are expected to take part in the state-level Youth Day celebration at the Asajaya Sport Complex in Kota Samarahan on Nov 7.

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister, Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the celebration would be held following the new norm. 

“We are very concerned about Covid-19. So, we have decided to limit the number of participants,” he told reporters after chairing a meeting on the celebration at Dewan Mesyuarat Mulu in Baitul Makmur 2 building, Petra Jaya here today.

The minister revealed that various programmes and activities had been planned for the celebration such as Youth Kitchen and Sale Stall, Youth Wall Climbing, a mini tiny sports demonstration, an autoshow and a mini drone exhibition.

Abdul Karim assured that the programmes would be managed in a controlled environment.

“A youth concert featuring Hafiz Suib will be held at night. We will also be entertained by buskers and traditional dances,” he added.

Abdul Karim explained that this year’s theme, “Youth, the Driver in Digital Transformation” was to appreciate the contributions made by youth in developing Sarawak.

“We will also announce the Youth Award 2020 for Male and Female as well as for the association category.

“Individual winners will bring home a trophy and RM5,000 cash while the champion in the association category will go home with RM10,000, and the runner-up RM7,000,” he said.

Abdul Karim added that there would also be a dialogue session with the chief minister at Dewan Tan Sri Amar Abang Ikhwan Zaini in the Asajaya District Office on the same day at 12.30pm.  

On Oct 29, there will be a motivation session spearheaded by independent religious speaker (Pencetus Ummah) PU Riz at the Asajaya Sport Complex.

Both programmes will be limited to 250 participants.