Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Youth development programmes never politically motivated, says assistant minister

KUCHING: Programmes tailored for youth development are meant to guide the young generation to be useful citizens.

Assistant Youth Development Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said these programmes had nothing to do with politics, but purely to help youths realise their potential to the fullest.

He said the state government had to be responsible in making sure that the young generation would turn out well so that they could lead Sarawak, its public and private sectors, as well as other organisations effectively.

“The present government will fail in its duties if many of our youths end up behind bars or in correctional centres.

“So when we organise programmes for youths, it’s about fulfilling our responsibility — it has nothing to do with politics.

“We want to guide our youths because we want them to be successful in the future, and eventually take over the leadership from us,” he said when closing the “Youth Leadership Boot Camp: Innovating4Tomorrow” here yesterday.

Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam) held the event in collaboration with the Workforce Development Unit of the Chief Minister’s Office.

About 140 youths took part in the boot camp held on the sidelines of the Sarawak Career and Training Fair.

Karim said the state government also had to prepare youths to take up the challenges and opportunities available in Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

He said one of the cores of the SCORE development was the realisation that the young needed good paying jobs that suited their tertiary education qualifications.

Earlier, Azam chief executive officer Aloysius Dris said the organisation started to engage youths in its activities since last year.

He said Azam was keen to know interests, views and aspirations of today’s youths, and get them excited about Sarawak’s present and future developments.

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