By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, May 15: Most youth supported the economic stimulus packages which were unveiled by the federal government recently.
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the feedback was obtained following a survey conducted by the Malaysia Institute for Youth Research under the Youth and Sports Ministry in March.
“There are approximately 95.8 per cent of youth who supported the initiatives by the federal government to introduce the comprehensive economic stimulus packages.
“Those economic stimulus packages have reduced the financial burden of youth whom have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in Malaysia.
“There are also 78.7 per cent of youth who believe the initiatives roll out by the federal government are able to steer the country’s economy back on recovery and growth path.
“This statistics showed that the measures undertaken by the federal government are in line with the aspiration of youth,” he said during a special address in Kuala Lumpur which was telecast live in conjunction with National Youth Day 2020 today.
Nonetheless, Muhyiddin believed there are still a lot of effort that is required to be done by the federal government and the public to curb Covid-19 in Malaysia.
At the same time, he hoped the allocation of almost RM10 billion for the youth which was announced earlier can benefit all the youth in the country.
Besides, Muhyiddin who is Pagoh MP, said the federal government expressed its appreciation to the youth who helped the country to tackle Covid-19 in Malaysia.
Those include youth working as frontliners such as healthcare workers, security personnel, volunteers and so forth.
Besides, Muhyiddin also extended his appreciation to youth such as local artistes, mass media and social media activists who launched the “Stay At Home” (Duduk Rumah dan Kekal Tenang), sit at home and remain calm campaign to increase awareness to the public about the country’s fight against Covid-19.
He believed all of them are unsung hero for Malaysia, adding that youth are the assets of the country.
He noted National Youth Day 2020, which is supposed to be celebrated today (May 15), is postponed in view of Covid-19 in Malaysia.
Muhyiddin said the theme for this year’s Youth Day, ‘This Decade, Your Decade’ showed the government’s commitment to recognise the contribution of youth as one of the pillars of development for the country.
In the meantime, he believed today’s youth needed to accept and practice the new norm of living arising from the Covid-19 pandemic which the country is facing.
Those include changes to lifestyles and working at home culture which are accommodative to the present time especially during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period.
He asserted the federal government has taken proactive measures to curb Covid-19 besides ensuring that youth remained part of the country’s development agenda. – DayakDaily