RM217mil set aside for youth development programmes


The Federal and state governments will be rolling out reskilling and upskilling programmes that aim to help youths get back on their feet after losing their source of income during the pandemic.

Johor tourism, youth and sports committee chairman Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi (pic) said there was a RM217mil allocation from the state and Federal governments that had been set aside for youth development programmes this year.

“We have 1.6 million youths in Johor, between 18 and 40 years old, and the majority have been affected by the ongoing pandemic.

“We hope with the national Covid-19 vaccination programme, we can also introduce some initiatives to help the youth in Johor, not only by giving them incentives but also through development programmes that will benefit the public in the long run, ” he told StarMetro at his office in Kota Iskandar.

He said the government had started engaging with youth groups to get their feedback on some of the initiatives since last year.

“We have 20 agencies from the state and Federal governments that are working together to coordinate youth development programmes.

“The programmes range from entrepreneurship aid to reskilling and upskilling courses as well as leadership programmes, ” he said, adding that the programmes would be conducted by the Dato’ Onn Institute.

For example, Onn Hafiz said if an applicant was looking for topics related to agriculture, the agencies to meet with were the Southeast Johor Development Authority, the Fisheries Department, the Veterinary Services Department and the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority.

“If they are looking for human capital development, they can get in touch with the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (Irda), EduCity Iskandar Malaysia, GiatMara and the National Youth Advance Skills Training Institutes, ” he said.

He added that the government also welcomed ideas that could improve the current programmes.

On a separate matter, Onn Hafiz said the Johor government would be working with Irda in developing the first-ever “Gym Rakyat” this year.

“This project along with the Tunku Mahkota Ismail Youth Centre (TMIYC) are initiatives introduced by Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim.

“The gym will be located next to the Johor Velodrome in Iskandar Puteri.

“Some of its features include a nature park, a business hub for youth and gym health facilities, ” said Onn Hafiz.

He added that three other TMIYCs were expected to be set up this year, namely in Pasir Gudang, Mersing and Simpang Renggam.

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