Snowdan: Rural youths must unite behind their reps so their collective voices can be heard

Gira (left) presents a souvenir to Snowdan while Selangau District Officer Inting Nyami (right) looks on.

SELANGAU, April 21: Assistant Minister of Youth and Sports Datuk Snowdan Lawan urged youths here to be united and to support their elected representatives so that their voices could be more easily heard.

He said if everyone is united, it would be easier for the elected representative to listen to them and to convey their sentiments to the government.

“For example the youths in Selangau today have shown great support and participation in this programme.

“Thus I was able to hear about your collective plight through your elected representative Tamin assemblyman Christopher Gira Sambang,” Snowdan said when declaring open the Youth Education and Sports Transformation Carnival at Selangau town here this morning.

Despite the rain, Snowdan (right) kicks off a futsal game at the carnival.
Snowdan (fourth right) flanked by Gira (left) and others visit one of the booths at the carnival.

Earlier Gira said Selangau was in dire need of sporting facilities to accommodate the youths there, particularly a proper futsal court and a mini sports complex.

Currently Selangau town only has a multi-purpose hall managed by the Selangau District Council. However allocation for the council to maintain the hall is limited and it also needs maintenance and upgrades.

With that, Snowdan said his ministry will look into the setting up of a proper futsal court near Selangau town.

Snowdan also announced that the multi-purpose hall management would be taken over by his ministry so that maintenance or upgrading works would be borne by his ministry which has bigger allocations.

“My Minister (of Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports) Datuk (Abdul) Karim (Rahman) Hamzah said let the ministry manage and provide allocation for the hall. You (district council) just have to write a formal letter to the ministry,” he said.

Snowdan (second left in white) watches a wall-climbing activity at the carnival.

Earlier, Gira also urged constituents of Selangau to come out and vote during the general election on May 9.

He also advised those who were unsure to check their eligibility with the Election Commission with the help of the local district council.

“Each of your vote counts. Community leaders and Tuai Rumah, please bring your people to go down and vote,” said Gira. — DayakDaily