SELANGOR government allocated RM14.94mil for sports and youth development in the state this year.
Out of the amount, RM5.7mil was for youth development programmes tailored to current needs.
“The Penggerak Belia Selangor (PeBS) also helps the state government implement policies related to the development of the younger generation at the grassroots level,” said Selangor human capital development, sports and youth generation development committee chairman Mohd Khairuddin Othman.
“Meanwhile, RM2.24mil was allocated for projects to repair existing and build new sports infrastructure in Selangor.
“RM7mil was for sports development programmes and preparations for the Sukma Games next year.
“In ensuring employment opportunities are available for youths, RM300,000 was allocated for the Career Carnival Programme, which was held in six locations and offered almost 25,000 job opportunities.”
He said this in reply to Datuk Mohd Imran Tamrin (BN-Sungai Panjang) who questioned about youth development programmes.
“PeBS also serves as a ‘driving agent’ to establish platforms such as Selangor Volunteers (SERVE) and Youth Economy Unit,” said Mohd Khairuddin.
He said the state government was grateful for the help extended by SERVE volunteers during the recent floods in Bukit Belacan, Ampang, particularly the teams from Lembah Jaya, Teratai and Paya Jaras.
In a supplementary question, Mohd Imran asked about the state government’s readiness to work with the Federal Government on sports and youth development matters.
“Selangor doesn’t politicise youth and sports issues.
“We have a close working relationship with selected federal agencies, although we have been shut out from some national level efforts.
“We welcome an open working relationship with the Federal Government,” said Mohd Khairuddin.