State funds for youth development not fully used

NOT all assemblymen have fully utilised the allocation for their constituencies’ Penggerak Belia Selangor (PeBS) team, despite each constituency receiving a RM20,000 allocation this year.

“The state government approved an allocation of RM2.836mil for PeBS in 2021,” said Selangor youth generation development, sports and human capital development committee chairman Mohd Khairuddin Othman.

“The performance of a PeBS team is evaluated through various aspects, including implementation of programmes.

“But the number of programmes organised by each constituency has been wide-ranging.”

He listed out the number of programmes organised by the respective constituency’s PeBS this year, with Kinrara ranking highest at 15, followed by Balakong (13) and Bandar Utama (11).

There were also constituencies that only had one programme thus far, such as Rawang, Gombak Setia, Taman Medan and Kota Kemuning, while Sungai Burong and Jeram had zero programmes, he revealed.

“As not all constituencies have fully utilised their allocation for this year, there are no plans to increase the funds for now.

“We want to ensure what is allocated is fully utilised first,” he said in response to questions by Azmizam Zaman Huri (PH-Pelabuhan Klang) on the allocation and performance of PeBS.

“It is up to the respective assemblymen on whether or not they are satisfied with the PeBS’ performance. If they are unhappy, the assemblyman can have the PeBS members replaced (as candidates are nominated by the assemblymen themselves),” Mohd Khairuddin elaborated.

Datuk Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi (PN-Sijangkang) observed that based on his previous experience, some PeBS teams did not have close working relationships with their assemblymen and asked for possible reasons.

“One reason for the low performance the previous year was due to the movement control order,” said Mohd Khairuddin.

“But some PeBS team members were not close to their assemblymen, as the members were appointed under the local councillor system before PeBS was rebranded and restructured.

“Now that PeBS team members are nominated by the assemblymen themselves, I hope that both parties will support each other and organise programmes to benefit youths in their constituencies,” he said, adding that changing PeBS candidates was possible but should be considered as a last resort.

Elizabeth Wong (PH-Bukit Lanjan) then asked for the approval process for PeBS programmes to be simplified, either by the exco’s office or Selangor State Sports Council (MSN Selangor).

“For example, PeBS Bukti Lanjan submitted an application to hold a weightlifting and basketball programme in early October but until today they have yet to receive feedback on whether the programme is approved.

“So I hope the PeBS secretariat will be more transparent on the matter and make the application process easier,” she said.

In taking note of the matter, Mohd Khairuddin said he would relay the feedback to MSN Selangor and raise it at a later Selangor State Executive Council meeting.

“As an interim measure, I suggest that the assemblyman’s allocation be used first; MSN Selangor will reimburse the funds later,” he said.

“PeBS teams are also encouraged to diversify their programmes for youths, as many tend to focus on sports but overlook other aspects such as leadership and community,” he added.

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