MIRI: Youth leaders lauded Sarawak government’s intention to enhance youth development, using the RM2.95 billion State Sales Tax (SST) paid by Petronas and its subsidiaries, by financing the training of Sarawakians at state-owned international schools.
The good news was revealed by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg when he declared open the 16th triennial general meeting (TGM) of Saberkas last Saturday.
Spanski Steven from Telang Usan, a member of Malaysia Youth Parliamentarian
“We welcome what our State government is planning to do with the money paid by Petronas (referring to the SST) …for me it will help to boost our youth skills and knowledge. As a youth, we need something like this to help inject our skills development.”
Aaron Alan Sape from Telang Usan
“The initiative will enable Sarawak youths to be on par with their counterparts from abroad or even in the country… for me, this kind of initiative will help us a lot….and it’s about time for us to have such programme to equip our youths in facing the future.”
Roystone Valentine, Saberkas exco member from Mukah
“We regard this as a ‘special bonus’ from the state government to help youth development. This is a key planning for our rural youth, help them to develop and empower them with proper skills.”
Florence Fung, Saberkas member from Bintulu
“Good news, as it is for all races. This reflects the state government’s seriousness to empower our youths with proper skills.”
Wiyvy Kartina Ibrahim, 35, from Permyjaya
“I’m a mother of three teenage children who are still schooling, this is for sure a good news for me. Children are the future asset of our state, it is a long-term investment.”