Participate in character-building programmes, Hajiji urges Sabah youth

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah youths should engage in character-building programmes and activities that promote healthy lifestyle choices, says Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.

“Youths are our future leaders and more focus is needed to help them achieve their fullest potential, so that they can contribute to the economy, their families and the country,” said Hajiji during the launch of the Sabah Youth Carnival 2024 here, Saturday (May 18).

He cited examples such as the Sabah Youth Volunteer Community (SYVOC) and those focusing on science, technology and innovation.

These initiatives, he said, are vital in nurturing productive and innovative individuals.

He said the carnival themed “Yakin Boleh, Belia Sabah Maju (Believe you can, Sabah youth prosper)" aligns with the Youth and Sports Ministry's goal aimed at reviving the Rakan Muda initiative that once focused on 10 main healthy living lifestyles.

Hajiji also urged ministries and agencies in Sabah that are related to youth development to be part of efforts to empower and mould youths into high functioning individuals.

He said various initiatives are in place to assist the youth in this country, such as the RM10.5bil investment by Microsoft for cloud technology and artificial intelligence learning.

“The Sabah Budget 2024 has allocated RM16.89mil for various leadership, upskilling and entrepreneurship programmes for the youths here,” said Hajiji.

Hajiji also mentioned the continuation of high-impact programmes like Felo Sabah Maju Jaya (Felo SMJ) and Dewan Belia Sabah (DBS).

Acknowledging youths as national assets, Hajiji encouraged them to acquire new skills and knowledge, adding that the Sabah Youth Carnival is an excellent platform for this.

He said there was a need for programmes to be in line with current trends, such as reskilling, upskilling, sports, talent competitions, and forums for idea exchange.

Sabah Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ellron Angin said that this year's carnival, which ends on May 26, focuses on 10 communities, expecting them to use their expertise to benefit the youth and society.

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