Youth skills, leadership development a priority


KOTA KINABALU (December 27): Prime Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Hajiji Haji Noor said the state government’s allocation of RM 95.89 million in the budget for next year will focus on various youth development initiatives, including skills, retraining – and training programs.

The focus will be on the marketability of employees and the search for talent to produce competitive youth, he said in his speech, which he gave virtually on Monday at the opening of the 24th annual general meeting of the Sabah Youth Council.

“The government will provide the 5 million grant from the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

“In addition, the state government will also implement the (SMJ) Sabah Maju Jaya Youth Fellow Program and the Sabah Youth Leadership Incubator Program.

(IKeBS), which involves various agencies such as the Ministry of Youth and Sport, the SMJ Secretariat, the Kerjasama Kerajaan dan Rakyat Institute (ICRAR) and the Sabah Youth Council, ”he said.

The prime minister said the government will also focus on addressing youth social issues by improving the youth leadership and volunteering program, promoting patriotism and promoting healthy and active lifestyles.

Meanwhile, Hajiji hoped that the Sabah Youth Council and its affiliates will continue to be the voice of government policies, agendas and initiatives for the people.

“As the future generation, the youth development agenda must be implemented based on current needs and future challenges,” said Hajiji, patron of the Sabah Youth Council.

He commended the council for its Dapur Belia initiative, which not only served as a humanitarian program to ease the burden on the vulnerable group, but also as a catalyst to encourage youth to volunteer.

He urged the young people to take an active part in the development of the country.

“You are important because you will be our future and you have the strength, idealism, enthusiasm and courage to make change forever,” he said.

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