By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, Feb 21: A total of 55 youth associations and individuals in Sarawak have already benefited from the Sarawak Youth Creative Industry Fund (SYCIF).
This was said by Youth, Sports, and Entrepreneur Development (MYSED) Minister Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah in his speech during the MYSED Appreciation, Engagement, and Collaboration Nite 2022 programme held at Waterfront Hotel in Kuching tonight.
Set up in 2018, the fund offered under MYSED aims to develop the talents of the youth in arts and culture, especially music, film, drama, theatre, and more.
“The fund will be able to encourage the development and potential of the creative and innovative youth in Sarawak,” he said.
The SYCIF fund is open to all Sarawakian youth aged 19 to 40, be it individuals, groups or organisations.
However, it must be noted that the fund is specifically for those who want to polish their skills and not for business-related purposes.
At the same time, Abdul Karim said his Ministry had implemented 33 social and sports infrastructure projects listed in Projek Rakyat under the 12th Malaysia Plan (12MP).
Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, the Ministry has also conducted 62 youth and sports development programmes throughout last year.
Abdul Karim presented annual grants worth RM5,041,600 to 71 State youth and sports associations and clubs at the event.
“It is hoped that the grants can be used as a catalyst for associations and clubs to remain active and committed to implementing their respective programmes and activities,” he added.
The event was officiated by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg.
Also present were MYSED Assistant Ministers Dato Gerald Rentap Jabu (Youth and Sports) and Dr Ripin Lamat (Entrepreneur Development), Creative Industry and Performing Arts Assistant Minister Datuk Snowdan Lawan and MYSED acting permanent secretary Nancy Jolhi. — DayakDaily