KUCHING: Saberkas is working to expose its members to economic opportunities outside the state.
Its president Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg believe it was high time that the organisation really embraced globalisation and be in sync with foreign youth movements for business ventures.
“The youths need to embrace modern technologies; learn how to utilise them, and produce for the world market.
“To do this, we need to be in sync with others and bank on the potential,” he said when officiating at an installation dinner held by Saberkas Batu Lintang, Padungan and Pending branches here on Friday.
He said Sarawak lacked expertise and know-how required to exploit its resources.
Pointing at China, he said the country was way ahead in terms of revolutionising production and agricultural methods and a lot could be learnt from it.
“Take, for instance, herbal pharmaceutical products. We have many types of herbs in our jungle whereas China know how to create products from them. They have herbalists.
“If we can get them to cooperate with us, we could have products to market to the world. This also goes for agricultural technologies,” he said.
Johari, who is Tourism Minister, said this was the path Saberkas intended to take and all Sarawakian youths were urged to pool their strength and work on this ambition.
He said gone were the days when people perceived Saberkas as an organisation catering only to bumiputras.
“This is not true. We cater for all races as we subscribe to unity which Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud has likened to the confluence of rivers. All tributaries eventually flow into the main river and out to sea.
“Just like these tributaries, all of us from different backgrounds should come together and move as one for the benefit of all,” he said.
As such, he said Saberkas was trying to reach out to Chinese youths too.
He said Saberkas was serious in its objectives to empower youths and shape into future leaders.
The organisation had begun by amending its constitution so that 70% of its executive committees in all branches comprise those aged 45 and below.
Earlier on, Pending Saberkas chairman Kho Swee Aik said the organisation had proven to be serious in taking into account the voices of youths by amending its constitution.
“This is very important because it means that our voices and ideas are heard. This helps nurture tomorrow’s leaders,” he said.
Kho also said that today’s generation faced challenges with regards to the utilisation of modern technologies.
He said through Saberkas, youths would be taught how to be positive about it.
Those installed as Batu Lintang Saberkas office-bearers are Patrick Tan (chairman), Marvin Ong (vice-chairman), Strimeri Rajamankan (vice-chairman), Chang Sin Chow (secretary), Thain Mon Lee (assistant secretary), Ramachandran Rajaratnam (assistant secretary), Adeline Lee (treasurer) and committee members Wilson Tan, Teo Kim Fung, Kelvin Jong, Rameshperi Ayasaaty, Chai Yu Seng and Priscilla Yap.
Padungan Saberkas office-bearers are Liu Miew Fah, (chairman), Wilson Ho (vice-chairman), Ung Shin Yu (vice-chairman), Voon Sin Lan (secretary), Yong Teck Hock (assistant secretary), Voon Sin Hui (assistant secretary), Karen Teo (treasurer) and committee members Augustine Kon, Ho Wei Chiang, Alex Tan, James Ho, Stephen Tan and Lee Yik Ting.
Saberkas Pending branch office-bearers are Kho Swee Aik (chairman), Lai Huat Choi (vice chairman), Calvin Chong (vice chairman), Trisha Bong (secretary), Ho chio Meng (assistant secretary), Chong Teck Miew (assistant secretary), Ang Chee Hon (treasurer) and committee members Lee Su Fui, Jenny Tan, John Yong, Tan Chen Fook, Tan Yee Boon and Benjamin Wan.