Youth core element for state’s future

Abdul Karim (second right) and Ting (third left) with others on the stage launching the programme.

MIRI:  The future well-being of the state depends on the proper upbringing and strong outlook of the new generation of Sarawakians.

In highlighting this on Saturday (Aug 15) at the 13th edition of “Jelajah Belia Sarawak 2020 (Piasau)” in Miri, Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah emphasised that the youth, without a doubt, was a core element for future Sarawak.

“We want a strong outlook of young people of Sarawak; with their dynamism and imagination, young people can transform the social and economic fortunes of this state in the future,” he stressed.

If the people want to see how the country looks like in future, they must look at its present youth condition, as the present day condition represents the future development, he added.

“That is why we must inculcate our young people with positive values and help them to build up the leadership quality inside them (youth),” Karim said.

The state government sees the important role of youth role in ensuring that Sarawak transforms into a developed state in Malaysia, added the minister.

“That is why our government via my ministry initiated the ‘Jelajah Belia Sarawak 2020′ programme, because we wanted to mold our future leaders. In order to move forward, we need strong leaders to bring this state to the next level,” he pointed out.

He disclosed that the event (Jelajah Belia Sarawak 2020) had nothing to do with any political parties in the state.

“As you all can see, there’s no political flag from any political party surrounding this venue. The programme is totally meant to help build up leadership quality amongst Sarawak youth apart from being a platform to listen to their aspirations and agendas for Sarawak,” he said.

Nearly 200 local youths within Piasau constituency were invited to attend at the one-day event.

Amongst the activities held were a ‘town hall session’, ice breaking session and motivational talk.

Also present was Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Sebastian Ting who is also Piasau assemblyman.

The programme, (Jelajah Belia Sarawak 2020) was launched last year (2019), but (the roadshow) was postponed on March this year due to Covid-19 pandemic before being resumed in July.