PETALING JAYA: Youths will be included in the government policy planning process as a group of them will be selected to channel the voices of their peers from the grassroots to the Prime Minister, says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
In his National Youth Day address, Muhyiddin said the youths would be part of an advisory group whose opinions and views would help in shaping government policy.
“This suggestion came from the Malaysian Youth Council, which I believe is a good initiative to ensure the grassroots voices will be heard, ” he said in his speech which was aired live on television and social media platforms yesterday.
He said the selection process was being finalised and members of the youth advisory group would be announced soon.
Muhyiddin hopes that through this platform more youths will be involved in shaping the country’s development strategies.
The government brought forward last year’s theme “Dekad Ini, Dekad Anda” (This decade is yours) for this year’s celebrations. Muhyiddin added that the Perikatan Nasional government remained committed to empowering youths through innovative and sustainable human resource development.
He said the Youth and Sports Ministry (KBS) and Malaysian Youth Council had also come up with the New Youth Development model framework, which will support and improve mechanisms in the Malaysian Youth Policy 2015-2035 to be aligned with existing policies in the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals.
“Focus will be given to efforts to help youths overcome post-Covid-19 challenges and prepare them for changes in the digital landscape, equip them with skills such as innovative and analytical thinking, new technology management skills and put an emphasis on innovative and creative culture, ” he said.
Muhyiddin added that KBS’s efforts in upholding and recognising youth workers were among the long-term initiatives to strengthen a conducive youth development ecosystem.
He said this would be done by upgrading their skills to a professional level as well as add value to youth activists who would act as agents of positive change to society.
Muhyiddin also commended youths for their role in empowering communities through volunteer work, and their contribution to the Malaysia Vaccine Support Volunteers of MyVac and Rakan Muda Sports Bubble had helped lighten the burden of front line workers throughout the pandemic.
As of May 3,10,500 people have registered as MyVac volunteers and 5,360 others have volunteered for the Rakan Muda Sports Bubble, with 80% of them aged between 18 and 40.
“Their vast involvement is proof of their contribution to society and the government to help put an end to the Covid-19 pandemic and revive the national economy, ” he said.
Muhyiddin said youths had shown strength and tenacity in overcoming challenges to reach their goals.
He congratulated Muhammad Hamdi Ahmad and Jarell Cheong for earning a place at Harvard University in the United States and also sports heroes such as shuttler Lee Zii Jia, diver Pandelela Rinong and cyclists Mohd Azizulhasni Awang and Muhammad Shah Firdaus Sahrom who emerged as top winners in the All England Championship 2021, FINA Diving World Cup and the Australian Track Cycling Championships.
Meanwhile, MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong said youths were the country’s most important asset and aspiration.
“May our youth continue to excel in various fields because they are the pillars of Malaysia’s future, ” he said in a Facebook post.