Abdul Karim: Sarawak govt supportive of youth events with impact

Abdul Karim (centre) in a photo-call with Sarawak Youth Talent 2020 participants representing several secondary schools and universities in Kuching.

KUCHING, Feb 16: The Sarawak government will support impactful events such as the Sarawak Youth Talent 2020 (SYT2020) as it is a good platform for youths to develop their skills and talents.

Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said it is even better if the events are relevant to local tourism.

“The state government and my ministries fully support this kind of initiative because it emphasises on minimising negative social, economic and environmental impact and generating greater economic benefits as well as enhancing the well-being of local communities.

“Even though SYT2020 is an inaugural event, I certainly hope it will progressively grow to become one of the exciting events for our local youths to look forward to joining year in year out,” Abdul Karim said at the event launch today.

Themed ‘Towards Responsible Tourism’, SYT2020 aimed to bring together all stakeholders in the tourism and hospitality industry including youths, to share ideas, unite resources and realise responsible tourism collectively for a sustainable future.

Acknolwedging this, Abdul Karim said together everyone could uphold values such as environmental friendliness, healthy lifestyle and responsible tourism practices for the betterment of Sarawak and its people for years to come.

“It is also heartening to see that SYT2020 was designed to enable our youths to showcase their talents, present their ideas and messages to the relevant industries as well as to make their voices heard by society in a healthy and sustainable manner.

“As such, the recognitions given to our youths’ talents and efforts are important because SYT2020 can serve as a good avenue for them to channel their talents and potential in serving the community at large,” he emphasised.

He was also pleased to see that there were positive support shown by local tourism industry members including representatives from the state Education Department, and various universities and secondary schools in Kuching. — DayakDaily