By Karen Bong
KUCHING, May 11: Sarawak National Youth Organisation (Saberkas) is a great platform to train and empower young people to become tomorrow’s leaders.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg emphasised that many young people in Saberkas, who had undergone training and had vast community experiences, had coincidentally become possible ‘candidate’ material.
“But of course not all members of Saberkas can become candidates. More importantly, we get to be trained like me as well as (the late Pehin Sri) Adenan (Satem). I was coincidentally trained by Tun Abdul Rahman and Tun (Pehin Sri Abdul) Taib (Mahmud).
“Soon, I’ll have to pass the leadership baton of Saberkas to people younger than me,” he added at the launching of Jerayawara Bubur Lambuk Saberkas-Bernas 2019 at Darul Hana Mosque here today.
Abang Johari, thus, emphasised the importance of training young people to push them and make them even better because they would take over the leadership of the state.
“We have responsible leaders who are able to carry out their duties with responsibility and continue the traditions and cultures of our people, whether at the state level or at the organisation level,” he emphasised.
He reminded that young people must respect and care for parents and elders as this is the highest virtue that formed the basis of the state’s social fabric.
“We are fortunate that there aren’t many old people being sent to old folks homes because we continue to care and has filial responsibility for our parents and elders.
“But it may not be the case in some developed countries. There is no family connection between the children and parents,” he shared.
Hence, Abang Johari pointed out that programmes like the distribution of Bubur Lambuk in the holy month of Ramadhan was a reminder of the importance of these values and the need to make significant efforts to help and share with the poor.
Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Assistant Minister of Rural Electricity Datuk Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi, Saribas assemblyman Razi Sitam, Demak Laut assemblyman Dr Hazland Hipni including Bernas chief executive officer Ismail Mohamad Yusoff were present. — DayakDaily