JOHOR BARU: The Johor government will play an active role in strengthening the youth community in the state through various initiatives.
Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said the state government had always given priority to the youth, as there were more than 1.5 million between the ages of 14 and 39 in Johor.
He said the government would continue to defend, support and highlight the best talents among the young in Johor and had designed and planned activities for them.
“The state government, within its Johor Budget 2021, has allocated RM57.3mil for various initiatives involving youths.
“Through the Johor Digital Agenda, the government will create a youth database with an allocation of RM500,000 to supply comprehensive information relating to the group to state policymakers, ” he added.
Hasni said this in his speech during the official opening of Tunku Mahkota Ismail Youth Centre (TMIYC) Johor Baru at Hutan Bandar yesterday.
The centre was launched by Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, who also launched non-governmental organisation, Southern Volunteers.
Also present at the event was Tunku Ismail’s wife, Che’ Puan Khaleeda Bustamam.
Hasni added TMIYC Johor Baru was established to mould youths to become responsible and competent in various aspects of life in addition to honing their leadership talents.
“I am confident that TMIYC Johor Baru will become a centre or a place for knowledge sharing, experience, leisure and a healthy socio-economic centre for youth in the state.
“More importantly, the centre will be a place for youths, no matter their religious and cultural background, to sit under one roof and work together, helping to create a united community, ” he said, adding that this was in line with the Bangsa Johor identity.
The centre is located within 6.07ha land at Hutan Bandar, near the city centre, with 11 facilities to cater to youth.
Among the facilities available are Pump Track, Canopy Walk, Youth Centre, Mountain Bike Trail, Chill Pods, Rock Yard, Parkour Park, Kiddo Ground and Skatepro.
Hasni also said that the area had been planned by the Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) in July 2014, where it was previously an ecological park and part of Hutan Bandar.
“In the same year, the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda) received an allocation of RM14mil from the Federal Government to turn the area into a youth centre, with work starting in 2015.
“The development of TMIYC was completed in July and since December 17, the centre had been handed over to MBJB in stages, ” he added.
Hasni said the state government would be developing TMIYC in other districts where it will be a focal point in efforts to develop the youth in Johor.
“The TMIYC Johor Baru is a benchmark to the government’s commitment in creating and having policies for the youth, ” he said.