Rakan Muda to undergo change


  • Nation
  • Monday, 05 Apr 2004

THE Rakan Muda programme, which was introduced 10 years ago, will undergo a structural change to enable more youths to join the programme, reported Mingguan Malaysia

In line with this, a new committee – The Rakan Muda and Youth Malaysia Special Monitoring Committee – has been formed and will hold its first meeting today.  

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman said the objective of the revamp was to reinforce the Rakan Muda programme and for it to be consistent with the current needs and tastes of the younger generation. 

She said the 20-member committee would comprise officers from the ministry, those from the corporate sector and representatives of youth associations. 

Mingguan Malaysia also reported on the new challenges that will be faced by Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad, who is the new Federal Territories Minister. 

“The biggest problem in Kuala Lumpur is traffic and its transport system but these can be overcome provided projects to curb the problems are expedited,'' he added. 

Berita Minggu columnist Johan Jaafar wrote on the difficulties faced when forming a Cabinet. 

He said that to act fairly, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had to take into account the composition of the various component parties and the status of the respective states. 

“This is a tough and challenging duty. What more to convince voters that Pak Lah chose only those who are 'clean, good and efficient' 

“Sometimes there is a clear cut difference between perception and reality, the truth from rumours and criticism. 

“This is the dilemma faced by a leader when making a big decision like forming a government,'' Johan added. 

He also said that the Cabinet should work towards what has been said to be the Barisan Nasional slogan in the general election – “Excellence, glory and distinction”. 

“This is not simply political rhetoric but a dream that has to realised,'' Johan added, saying that Abdullah's Cabinet should be given a chance to prove its capabilities. 

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