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Saturday May 29, 2010

Friendlier approach to meet needs of youths

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government will incorporate a more youth-friendly image and facilities to cater to the needs of youths.

Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek said Malaysian youths had evolved into a generation of go-getters and doers due to the many platforms that were available for them to channel their creative energy through various fields.

“Therefore, it is important for their voices to be heard and understood,” he told a press conference after launching the Youth’10 Malaysia’s Largest Youth Festival here yesterday.

He also urged youths to be honest, vocal and respectful in asserting their beliefs and concerns.

Ahmad Shabery encouraged young people to “constantly return” to the task at hand in looking for ways to give back to the country.

The three-day Youth’10, held at the Putra World Trade Centre, is an annual flagship event combining elements such as the Youth Brand Festival, Youth Lifestyle Festival and Youth’10 conferences.

Also present at the launch yesterday was Youth’10 icon, singing sensation and budding entrepreneur Datuk Siti Nurhaliza.

“With Malaysian youths inheriting an innovation-based economy, I’m sure gatherings such as these will help young entrepreneurs and entertainers leverage on the cost-effective, yet readily available high-tech tools available through web and mobile facilities,” Ahmad Shabery added.