Jonathan Ding, 24.

KUCHING: The recent National Transformation 2050 (TN50) Dialogue inspired many of the participants and enlightened them on what to expect in terms of development in the years to come.

Jonathan Ding Sagan, a 24-year-old student of Swinburne University, said  he was glad that the Chief Minister addressed the need to reform the education system.

“It is quite obsolete because we are studying just to pass our exams. 

“We need to see the relevance of obtaining knowledge and it is definitely not to pass examinations but for our future,” said Jonathan who is a former national bowler.

He added that more subjects should be taught in English to improve the command of the language in the country.

“We have seen the constant change of language for the teaching of subjects  whenever the minister is changed.

“This confuses us (the students). The constant amendments of policies are also expensive.

“A thorough study needs to be done and once a policy is implemented, we need to stick to it to ensure its results. The education system is something that should not be anyone’s playtoy,” added Jonathan.

He hoped that Sarawak would have all the basic necessities, particularly in its rural and remote areas, in the future.

“We are reaching 60 years of independence, but Sarawak is yet to be connected as a whole,” said Jonathan.

Leya Ameera Annuar Rigos, 25, from Sibu said the TN50 was a good platform for youths to share their aspirations for the  development of the state in the next 2050.

“It is very much important for us to know what will happen in the future and the dialogue   has enlightened us.

Leya Ameera Annuar Rigos, 25.

“Of course, as a Sarawakian, I want Sarawak to be as well developed as Peninsular Malaysia,” said Leya, a part-timer dancer.

“We do have our local products, but to market them  globally is very challenging. However, I hope, one day our products such as rattan items will become trendy among the young generations,

“It will also be great if   Sarawak can offer local native languages such as Iban, Bidayuh, Melanau, Kenyah and others at every education institution.

“This is to foster the spirit of unity among the various races and preserve our  culture,” added Leya. She hoped Sarawak would become the first choice for tourists in Malaysia as well as in the world.