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DARO, July 18: Local youths have been urged to support efforts by the Sarawak government to groom future leaders who can continue lead the people and country to greater heights.
Sarawak Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the state government has always encourage youths to participate in various leadership and capacity programmes that will nurture their potentials in taking over the good work by present leaders.
“Youths can also explore and polish their leadership skills and potentials by taking part in programmes and activities organised by the state government through the ministry as well as other relevant agencies.
“This group of youths must now nurture their leadership qualities because sooner or later they will be household leaders when entering marriage life and when they become parents in the future,” he said at the opening ceremony of the Jelajah Belia Sarawak 2020 programme today.
Thus, he added that youths can also use their leisure time to explore the leadership training opportunities and programmes in order to equip themselves with the necessary knowledge that will sharpen their leadership skills.
Abdul Karim, who is also Sarawak Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister, added that the ongoing Jelajah Belia Sarawak 2020 programme which is now entering the 11th series, has resumed since July 11 and in compliance with the standard operating procedures (SOP) set by the Sarawak State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC).
“Although the programme has been postponed for several months due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the ministry is confident that it will run smoothly after being resumed on July 11. Several districts throughout the state will soon become hosts of the event.
“Despite the flexibility given in the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO), which allowed the participation of up to 250 people, the ministry is still restricting the number of youths invited to the event to ensure their safety. This include requesting all attendees to wear masks and adhere to social distancing while sitting in the event hall,” he stressed.
Also present at the programme were Daro assemblyman Safiee Ahmad, acting Permanent Secretary to Ministry of Youth and Sports Sarawak Nancy Jolhie and Mukah Resident Hamdiah Bakir.-DayakDaily