KUALA LUMPUR: Perhaps there is no better way to communicate with youths then to speak their language, so Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman Said is inviting youngsters to e-mail her directly.
Today is the start of a co-operation between me and you, she said during a Sembang-Sembang Bersama Remaja (A Chat With Youths) programme at the Putra World Trade Centre here yesterday.
She launched a website (www.menteribeliasukan.net) which is aimed at providing a direct channel for youths to be in touch with her.
The website is also an avenue for youths to offer their proposals on ways to improve youth associations and air their problems, among others.
You can e-mail me directly to let me know what you want. It will take at least two days to reply the e-mails. I cant give immediate response to policy matters but I will explain them, she said.
Later, Azalina told reporters a special team had been set up to monitor the questions and proposals sent to her.
The website, she said, was part of the ministrys strategy to reach out to the youths and listen to what they had to say.
Azalina said the ministry would embark on a nationwide road show to talk to the youths about their expectations of programmes like Rakan Muda.
Asked whether the ministry would restructure the Rakan Muda programme, she said:
I have spoken to the Prime Minister about it. In principle, he sees our challenges and the need for it.
Part of the restructuring exercise would involve the formation of the Rakan Muda Department, she added.