PETALING JAYA: The Youth Parliament sitting kicked off at the Dewan Rakyat on Saturday with the 133 youth MPs assuming their places according to the committees they were placed under.
Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker Datuk Ronald Kiandee presided over the proceedings.
Selangor youth MP Mohd Abroar Mohd Sidek, from the education and career committee, started things off by proposing that the government set up a Skills Excellence Scholarship Scheme for students pursuing technical and vocational training.
The youth MPs then took turns to voice their views on the motion being debated, before it was taken to a vote and approved by the majority of the house.
Kiandee earlier advised the youth MPs to be polite and considerate when debating, and to raise constructive arguments, which could be recommended to Cabinet and adopted as a policy.
The youth MPs, comprising 18 to 30-year-olds, looked visibly nervous as they assumed their roles for the first time, and had to be corrected by the deputy speaker on parliament protocol matters on more than one occasion.
There was considerable confusion before the start of proceedings as several members of the media were barred from entering parliament.
A Youth and Sports Ministry official said this was because they had not responded to a media invite from the ministry to confirm their attendance.
Parliament officials also initially barred the media from viewing the proceedings on television screens outside the Dewan, claiming they were instructed to do so by the ministry.
The issue was later cleared up by the Youth Parliament secretariat, and media members were eventually allowed to watch the proceedings from the common area outside the hall.
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