Johor MB urges youth to look beyond M’sia and set global goals

JOHOR BARU: The youth in Johor must aspire to reach international standards, says Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi.

The Johor Mentri Besar called on the 1.8 million youths in the state to look beyond the national level as “people are no longer comparing Johor to Kuala Lumpur but to Singapore”.

“Singapore is not that far from Johor but the gap between the two is quite wide.

“Because of that, the state government always works hard to make sure that the entry points into Johor run smoothly.

“Until when do people have to line up four to five hours, and this matter I have to handle,” he said, adding that he worked closely with his state executive committees every day to lessen such problems.

Lamenting that almost half of the elevators and escalators at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar, where the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex is located, were not in working order, Onn Hafiz asked: “Where is our pride as Bangsa Johor? Even though this matter concerns basic things including upgrading roads, it must be handled because it’s our pride.”

The Mentri Besar also urged young people, who make up about half of the population in Johor, to play a pivotal role in elevating the state to a developed status by 2030.

“It is unlikely that we can achieve the target of making Johor a developed state by 2030 without the participation of the youth.

“There is a saying that if you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together,” he said in his speech before opening the Dewan Muda Johor meeting here, which was shown live on Facebook yesterday.

He said these future leaders should be given the opportunities and guidance to become an important asset and pride of the state.

He also acknowledged that today’s youth had a better understanding of social media.

“Hence, it is very important for the state government to give youth the space and pathways in all sectors that enable them to paint the future.

“Youth have the energy, creative thinking, a higher willpower, and with the guidance of the older generation, there could be a right recipe to make Johor a developed state in eight years’ time.”

Onn Hafiz also said that the hardcore poor in Johor numbered 4,000 and the state government had provided aid to about 100,000 less fortunate people.

He added that his administration is working to reduce the number to a minimum level within the next five years.

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