JOHOR BARU: Johor Regent Tunku Mahkota Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim has called on the youth of Malaysia to voice out their views to the country’s leaders.
He pointed out that the youth have a very important role to play in nation-building.
“Convey your voices to the leaders as they have a responsibility and duty to serve as the rakyat’s servants,” he added.
Tunku Ismail said this when answering questions from the crowd at the first Youth Congress 2019 held at Persada International Convention Centre here on Sunday (Sept 15).
He also called on the youth to be united regardless of their faith and race and not be too engrossed with the current political situation in the country.
Tunku Ismail added that the country’s main agenda was its economy as the rakyat’s lives were dependent on it.
He stressed that what was important for him was to see development in his state, the rakyat at ease, a better education and healthcare system, as well as the government’s concern in taking care of the rakyat.
Tunku Ismail said for that to happen, the rakyat must be united in the first place.
“Before we educate ourselves, the first thing that we should have is a sense of humanity by respecting one another because we are not animals.
“There are many races and faith but disunity among ourselves will not bring us anywhere,” he added.
During the event, Malaysian Youth Council president Jufitri Joha presented Tunku Ismail with 11 resolutions, which were tabled during the congress.
Among the resolutions included urging politicians to practise political maturity and rational as well as to stop dragging youth institutions to a narrow political environment to solve an issue.
The resolutions also urged the government to play a proactive role in solving economic issues including unemployment, retrenchment and economic slowdown, where the pressure continues to be felt by the youth.