KUALA LUMPUR: The Government plans to set up an Asean Youth Assembly (ASA) to increase awareness of Asean, pending Cabinet's approval, said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin (pic).
He said his ministry would work closely with the Foreign Affairs Ministry to realise a suitable mechanism in forming the assembly.
"At the initial stage, this assembly will be mobilised by its own secretariat or through a collaboration with the Committee of Asean Youth Cooperation (CAYC)," said Khairy when winding up the Youth Parliament session at the Dewan Rakyat on Sunday.
The committee on international relations at the Youth Parliament sitting on Saturday proposed a motion for the government to form an Asean Youth Assembly as a medium of discussion and regional policy-making among youth from Asean countries.
The youth MPs debated that Malaysian youth lacked awareness on the Asean community, and proposed the assembly as a means for them to collectively debate issues affecting the region.
Khairy added that the proposed ASA would not clash with the Asean Youth Leaders Summit which will be held concurrently with the 2015 Asean Summit at the end of this year.
The former is currently being handled by his ministry.
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