ISKANDAR PUTERI: A sum of RM689,493 was given to 18 teams comprising youths to help them make positive and meaningful changes through community projects.
The teams received the aid from Iskandar Regional Development Authority’s (Irda) IMPower fund to put into motion their ideas to develop Iskandar Malaysia.
The ideas include agriculture, empowering the disabled, providing education for the needy and mentoring as well as training youths to become successful entrepreneurs.
They also plan to teach farmers to put their waste to good use and help the Orang Kurang Upaya (OKU) operate mushroom cultivating farms.
Initiatives to boost arts and culture through music festivals, setting up a music school to produce professional musicians as well as promoting traditional art such as silat and ghazal will also be carried out.
Apart from receiving funding, the 18 teams were also introduced to the Youth Hab @ Johor Baru (HAB).
HAB is a youth centre with facilities for sports and meeting rooms which they can use to realise their aim.
The teams are the fifth batch to get funds under IMPower since it started in 2017.
As of now, RM1.2 mil has been given out to 44 youth teams to promote a more holistic development within Iskandar Malaysia.
Irda chief executive officer Datuk Ismail Ibrahim said social inclusiveness was an important concept in the development of Iskandar Malaysia, and that the youths were the focus group for development.
“Youths are the leaders of the future. The availability of special funds such as from IMPower will help them discover, implement and acquire experience in creating positive change in society.
“Since the founding of Iskandar Malaysia some 14 years ago, Irda has taken the empowerment of our youths seriously to ensure they are well equipped to be leaders and experts in their fields, ” he said.
Ismail added that such efforts would ensure Iskandar Malaysia remained a sustainable international metropolis.
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