Ministry planning to table Youth Bill


  • Nation
  • Thursday, 16 Jan 2003

KUALA LUMPUR: The Youth and Sports Ministry intends to table a Youth Development Bill to overcome problems involved in various youth issues, said its minister Datuk Hishammuddin Hussein. 

Hishammuddin said the ministry hopes to complete the draft for the Act in six months, and after getting feedback from young people and youth organisations, it would be submitted to Parliament. 

“The Ministry doesn’t have the power and jurisdiction to overcome obstacles and problems concerning youth, unless the power is given by Parliament,” he said, adding that Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had said that the ministry should have more powers for youth development. 

On Perlis Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim’s proposal to restrain teenagers aged 18 and below from patronising areas gazetted as entertainment outlets under the local bylaws, Hishammuddin said it should not be generalised that all youth have problems, social or otherwise, as those who do are the minority.  

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