Agencies collaborate for youth development


Onn Hafiz says the state government plans to build a Tunku Mahkota Ismail Youth Centre in every district.

THE state government is collaborating with 20 government agencies and government-linked companies for youth development initiatives.

Johor tourism, youth and sports committee chairman Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi said over 100 initiatives were expected to be rolled out by this month.

“The state recently organised a video conference with relevant agencies where they shared their initiatives and programmes with Johor youth.

“Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad had announced RM50mil for youth initiatives which is by far the biggest ever allocation, ” he said when

contacted.Onn Hafiz said there were plans to build a Tunku Mahkota Ismail Youth Centre in each district.

“The facilities will include meeting points, indoor and outdoor sports, wall-climbing, parkour space, jogging track, amphitheatre and many others.

“The centres aim to promote a healthy lifestyle, offer programmes that will benefit the community and more importantly, provide a place for youth to have fun.”

He added the collaboration was supported by Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim.

“At the same time, the government also understands the devastation brought about by the current pandemic.

“As youth are among the most vulnerable and affected groups in the labour market, we allocated RM8mil for a salary matching grant through the Iskandar Regional Development Authority for retrenched locals.”

Onn Hafiz added that this was in tandem with Perantis Iskandar Malaysia — a talent development programme in the latest technological industries.

He said grants and loans were also offered by Johor Entrepreneur Corporation, The National Entrepreneur Group Economic Fund and Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority.

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