By SHARON LING firstname.lastname@example.org
KUCHING: Youth programmes organised by government agencies are not politically-motivated, Youth Development Assistant Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said.
He said it would be wrong to assume that the government organised youth programmes and activities with political gains in mind.
“Any government, be it Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat if they come into power, has a responsibility towards youth development.
“We don’t organise programmes based on politics but to develop the youths and bring our nation to higher levels. There are no political elements involved,” he told reporters at the Breakfree 2011 youth carnival at the Civic Centre here yesterday.
Good game: Karim (centre) congratulating the futsal team members who came third at
the Breakfree 2011 youth carnival in Kuching Sunday.
Karim also said the government did not neglect youths and teenagers but held activities for them all year round.
“In fact, since I became an assistant minister about a month ago, I have been attending many youth events,” he said.
He added that it was important for the government to develop youths not only in terms of human capital but also socially.