While that doesn’t sound too exciting to those of us who are no longer classified as youths (but still consider ourselves youthful), it does show that Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Adenan Satem is well aware where our great State’s future lies.
Admittedly I was somewhat of a restless youth. I am very grateful that there were people to guide me and channel my energy positively – my life could have taken quite a different turn otherwise.
As such Adenan’s recent statement that the State intends to keep our youths busy, particularly in terms of volunteerism is indeed wise.
We need to ensure our youths have purpose in life. They need to get involved in positive activities that enable them to care about other people in society. They need to understand the value of helping others and getting involved in events that help to build up the community and themselves.
Too often youths who are left to their own devices find themselves struggling to understand their place in society and turn to activities that are will lead them further and further away from making something of themselves and claiming that brighter future.
Our Chief Minister knows that Sarawakian youths have a lot of energy that needs to be harnessed for their own good and of course for the good of the State.
As cliche as it may sound, let’s ensure we do our part to ensure our youths can become the leaders of tomorrow that our great State needs.
The story from The Borneo Post:
Tapping restless youths
by Yunus Yussop
BINTULU: The Ministry of Social Development will receive more funding from the state to help organisations hold more activities that help youths to channel their energy positively.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem said it is also vital for the spirit of voluntarism to be cultivated among the young.
“I have given instructions to the Ministry of Social Development to organise as many activities for our young people as possible. I will increase your allocation. The young people must be kept busy every day because they are full of energy. Don’t waste it for unfavourable activities,” he said when launching the state-level Youth Day Celebration 2015 yesterday.
He stressed the funds must only be used for activities that can truly benefit youths and not for other events such as dinners and unrelated activities.
Adenan also announced that any state land in town areas not being used could be released and converted into football fields.
“I don’t want people playing football either in the roundabout or in a ditch because there is no field. I will give the use of the land to play football. It is a shame because so much land but we cannot afford to build the proper fields,” he said.
On the Sports Development Act, the Chief Minister said it may not be suitable to extend the Act to Sarawak as the state currently has the advantage of holding activities that benefit Sarawakians.
“We don’t want Kuala Lumpur, some officials and bureaucrats in Kuala Lumpur to dictate to us what our sports activities are to be.
“If we want to organise something, we have to get their permission. No. It will kill the spirit of voluntarism and it will not be applied here,” he said.
He called on youths to be innovative and ensured that the government would listen to what they have to say.
“I think it is high time also and don’t just let the old people work,” he said, adding he is confident that the future of the state would be safeguarded by young and capable Sarawakians.
Adenan said he understood the problems faced by youths, especially in terms of jobs, business opportunities and fresh graduates having to leave Sarawak to find employment elsewhere because of a lack of jobs.
“The government’s function therefore is to provide more jobs, create more industries, create more enterprise, for the specific jobs that will be available as the generation comes forward to join the labour force.
Those who are technically competent will easily find a job in the industry, it has been proven. It is time for us to change our mindset, from emphasising fully on academic qualifications, we must also have skilled manpower because we are on the road to industrialisation,” he pointed out.
Adenan called on youths to equip themselves to meet the demands of industry.
“The job market will be waiting for you if you have a technical education, the emphasis now is technical education. Bintulu has risen up from what it was before because of people who are skilled in what they do. We want to follow their example — Bintulu and Samalajau will be the industrial hub of Sarawak, right in the middle of the country,” he said.
Adenan also called for the English language to be given greater emphasis.
“I agree with the Sultan of Johor — we must put emphasis on the use of English because it is an international language.
“We in Sarawak must be competent not only in Bahasa Malaysia, our mother language, but also English as it is the language of multinational big companies,” he added.
As Sarawak will host the upcoming Malaysia Games (Sukma), Adenan also called on the state’s athletes to top the medal tally and be ready to shine at the tournament.
Among those present were Adenan’s wife Datin Patinggi Datuk Jamilah Anu, Minister of Social Development Tan Sri William Mawan Ikom, State Legislative Assembly speaker Datuk Amar Mohamad Asfia Awang Nassar, State Secretary Tan Sri Datuk Amar Mohamad Morshidi Abdul Ghani, Assistant Minister of Youth Development (Urban) Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Assistant Minister of Youth Development (Rural) Datuk Dr Stephen Rundi Utom, Assistant Minister of Tourism Datuk Talib Zulpilip and Bintulu Resident Muhamad Yakup Kari.