Youths must take ownership in politics

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KUCHING: The importance of politics in fostering nation-building must be inculcated among the youths, said newly-minted Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Youth chief Miro Simuh.

He said decision-making by the government of the day is important in shaping the daily lives of the people, which the youth must take heed of.

“Don’t say ‘I don’t like politics’ or ‘I don’t want to get involved in politics’ … they don’t know that their daily lives and the decision-making by the government is by politicians.

“They should know what happens in our country, the daily lives of the people, the policy of the government and many other things from politics.

“The economic factor, the socio-economic, education, we’re talking about polarisation of society, it is all from politics,” he said in an exclusive interview with New Sarawak Tribune.

Miro, who is Serembu assemblyman said in the current political climate, there is a rising demand for youth participation in politics.

“With the implementation of Undi18, the challenge is different than before, we aim to organise more programmes with the youth not only in urban areas but also in rural areas,” he said.

He added that it is crucial that the Youth wing reaches out to the youths throughout the state and engage them.

“It is not only to get them involved in politics but to give them more experience and exposure about what politics is all about.

“They should know what is the importance of politics, it’s not the importance of being a politician but the importance of politics in our country,” he said.

Separately, on being the first Bidayuh to assume the position of PBB Youth chief, Miro said the post comes with heavy responsibilities which he hopes to fulfill.

“I should thank our Premier and top leaders for choosing me to lead the Youth wing. Even though I am the first Bidayuh to helm this post and some people may even say it is a glamorous post, I think it is not about that.

“I must bring something (to the table) and contribute to be at least on par with my predecessor or do better,” he said.

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