Monday, 5 July 2021

Looking forward to the next "Ziarah Belia Programme" to be held soon

Even it was done on a modest scale with less people involved, the recent "Program Ziarah Belia" we had at Asajaya District Office last weekend was still good enough for us to get in touch with local youths there.

The programme was held in accordance with strict SOP and we had the opportunity to present donations in the form of temperature scanners, face masks and hand sanitisers via drive-through to 28 youth clubs and associations in Asajaya.

I was joined by our Ministry of Youth and Sports, permanent secretary Puan Nancy Haji Jolhi, Samarahan's Resident, Encik Brahim Lumpu, Asajaya District Officer, Encik Rais Ahmat and Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB​) Asajaya Women Branch chief, Hajah Mahani Sahari.

It is a good outreach programme for our local youths who had abided with the implementation of the movement control order (MCO) along with the 10pm curfew which required the public, especially the youths, to comply with it and stay home. Similar programme will be extended to other parts of Sarawak but it is also depending on the present Covid-19 situation because we need to comply with the latest SOP and directives by the relevant authorities.

On another note, I have mentioned to our media friends that we had held follow-up discussions with the Police and found that social issues concerning the youth such as drug abuse and thefts are actually decreasing because apparently, the implementation of MCO at this time is also beneficial.

In the meantime, I have mentioned to our media friends that suicide cases due to the pressure faced during the Covid-19 pandemic is increasing and worrying at this time. Even  most of the cases reported occurred in Peninsular Malaysia but we are also worried because the cases were due to emotional stress following the implementation of the MCO. Syukur alhamdullilah, it is clear such cases is not an issue in Sarawak because it is managed well locally and our youths are well taken care of.

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