Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir officially launched the Perak State Youth Assembly on Saturday.
Held at the State Legislative Assembly Hall at the State Secretariat Building, Zambry said the step by the state government to establish the Youth Assembly is a move to create a responsible generation that will help shape a better future.
The State Legislative Assembly Hall will be the actual venue for sittings of the Youth Assembly.
The assembly, Zambry said, is also a platform to test the ability of the younger generation to shoulder the responsibility of debating issues concerning their peers.
“This is one of the best platforms for the young in Perak to put forward new ways of looking at issues, demonstrate their openness in debating issues concerning the interest of the people and the state, as well as to come up with out-of-the-box views and ideas.
“I also hope the assembly will create youths who have great ideas, concepts, and a clear direction for the state and its citizens.
“The assembly must be able to live up to the values of democracy, and to uphold the principle of living in a multiracial society,” he said in his speech.
Zambry said becoming a member of the assembly is not merely a privilege or something to be proud of, but also a responsibility that must be shouldered judiciously.
He said, of the 900,000 youths in Perak, the percentage of those actively involved in societies and organisations stands at only 20%.
“This means there is a huge network of youths who can be brought together to ensure their voices are heard as well. So one of the initial challenges for the assembly members is to work on expanding their network within the group,” he added.
Zambry said he hopes the younger generation will become trendsetters in creativity and innovation.
“If before this we heard about barriers between the legislative body and the youths of the state, then this platform becomes a great avenue for their voices to be heard,” he said.