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By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, Jan 15: Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Abang Johari Tun Openg is all ears when it comes to the aspirations of youths in developing the State.
He said it is important for the leaders today to work with the youths because the latter will be the ones to take over and steer the State in the future, especially in achieving a developed and high-income status by 2030.
The youths, he said, must be ready and have the educational capacity on par with the new era.
“That is why I have implemented a digital economy where we manage the society and the State using modern gadgets.
“The opportunities are abundant now, it is just a matter of whether you (youths) are trained to do it and have the latest knowledge to pursue what we want.
“That is why through Yayasan Perpaduan Sarawak’s (YPS) ‘Strength through Unity, Alliance and Responsive Action’ (Suara) project, I will be able to listen to your voices and this platform will become an input for policy makers to ensure that whatever we do is in consonance to the aspirations of the youth,” he said.
He said this when addressing the youths in a pre-recorded video at the opening ceremony of Suara project held at Pullman Hotel in Kuching today.
Suara project is a collaborative project between the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) of Sarawak, YPS and Owl & Badger Group Sdn Bhd (OB Group).
The purpose of the project is to better understand the growing importance and potential for youth participation in the discourse of development in Sarawak.
The project kicked off with a series of workshops held in Kuching on Jan 15 and 16, followed by workshops in Miri (Jan 22 and 23), Bintulu (Feb 12 and 13) and Sibu (Feb 19 and 20).
After the workshops, 8 to 10 participants will be selected for an opportunity to present their ideas to Abang Johari at Wisma Bapa Malaysia at a later date.
Present at the opening ceremony were YPS chief executive Datu Aloysius J. Dris and OB Research Sdn Bhd managing director Venessa Sambai Usek. ― DayakDaily