Syed Saddiq: My ministry will retain previous beneficial programmes, no place for vengeance politics


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 18 Jul 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: The Youth and Sports Ministry has assured that it will retain beneficial programmes introduced during the previous administration, while revamping those that do not bring any benefit to the public.

Its Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (pic) said the Pakatan Harapan government rejects the notion of political vengeance in any of its policies.

"We do not want to start seeding vengeance politics. Any programme with a positive impact for the people under the previous administration under my ministry will be continued.

"We will also improve and upgrade other programmes and cooperate with other ministries and state governments,” he said in reply to Mohd Shahar Abdullah (BN-Paya Besar) during Question Time.

Mohd Shahar had asked whether beneficial programmes to the youth will be retained under the Pakatan Harapan government.

Syed Saddiq also praised some of the projects implemented by the previous administration, including youth outreach programmes and technical and vocational education training (TVET) programmes.

"We will also increase training programmes for youths living in rural areas.

"The training courses will be conducted by TVET across the country.

"Other previous successful programmes that produce entrepreneurs, for instance between this year and 2017, the Ministry has implemented the outreach programme for youth entrepreneurs involving 860 youths," he said.

On the initial question, Syed Saddiq said the rural urban migration was not a new phenomenon.

"Based on the Migration Survey Report 2015, the migration movement from rural to urban areas is the main trend in the country.

"The statistics of migration from rural to urban areas increased by 9.5% to 71% between the period of 2014-2015, compared to 61.5% for the period of 2013-2014," he said, adding that the majority of them are between the age of 25 to 34 years old.

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