A chance for youths to share views

A YOUTH Festival 2010 and the Ampang Jaya Carnival 2010 will be held from July 30 until Aug 1, the former in conjunction with International Youth Day 2010 celebrations.

The event will be held from 9am to 11pm at the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) field in Pandan Indah, Ampang.

The Youth Festival 2010, organised by the Selangor Youth Secretariat (Sekretariat Belia Negeri Selangor or SBNS), is themed “Dialogue and Mutual Understanding - Promoting Peace, Human Rights and Unity”.

The Ampang Jaya Carnival 2010 is held to commemorate the MPAJ’s 18th anniversary and is one of its annual activities organised to foster closer relationships between the council and community.

The assistants to the Youth and and Sports state executive councillor Jenice Lee, Amirudin Shari and Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi, together with MPAJ Youth and Community Department director Dr Sarodin Shahri, announced the details of the festival and carnival at a press conference recently.

“The festival will have two key programmes — the International Youth Forum and the Munsyi Abdullah Speech Competition at the MPAJ Auditorium on July 31,” Lee said.

“The forum will include youth representatives from two European countries, as well as those from the Asia-Pacific such as Myanmar, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand and Timor Leste.

“In line with the event’s theme, the forum will focus on peace, human rights and unity.

“It is open to all youth. We encourage the local youth to participate and exchange their views and ideas with their foreign counterparts,” she said.

Lee said the Munsyi Abdullah Speech Competition was an extension of the Munsyi Abdullah Public Lecture series, and is aimed at providing and creating awareness among youths.

“The festival will also have a line-up of award-winning and popular performers.

“We are expecting some 7,000 to 10,000 visitors at the event,” she said.

Among the scheduled performers are the Hands Percussion Group, Aizat, Yassin, Jaclyn Victor, Bunkface, and Nitrus.

The Ampang Jaya Carnival 2010 will also feature a host of activities including 152 stalls offering a variety of food and products, an exhibition, artiste performances and a mini car exhibition.

“We still welcome those who want to set up stalls or be part an exhibitor at the carnival,” said Dr Sarodin.

Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim is scheduled to launch the event on July 31 at 8pm.

For more information, contact 03-5511 7005 (SBNS)/ 03-4296 8012 (MPAJ) or visit www.gen-s.com.my

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