Youths must show their creativities and be bold to shine on the world stage  — Snowdan

Snowdan (centre), speakers and participants come together for a group photo on the first day of Kuching Youth Day Out (KYDO).

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KUCHING, Nov 9: Youths must be creative and bold enough to take on the world. They can pursue their dreams by taking advantage of available programmes for entrepreneurs and digital businesses.

In giving this advice, Assistant Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Snowdan Lawan said youths in urban and rural areas should always strive to look for growth opportunities, especially in the digital economy.

“Sarawak is now the centre for business people to come. The Peninsular Malaysia market has become too crowded. For those who are farsighted, they can see Sarawak as ‘lubok rezeki’, and West Malaysian businessmen would want to open up businesses here and do joint ventures with Sarawakians,” he said when officiating at the Kuching Youth Day Out 2018 (KYDO) here today.

Snowdan (centre) at the interactive session on opportunities and challenges for youths in the digital economy. With him are moderator Seph Haini (right) and Azam Sarawak honorary secretary Mohamad Ariff Irwani Azahari.
Snowdan (second left) receiving a souvenir from AZAM and AZAM Young Souls representatives after he launched Kuching Youth Day Out (KYDO).

Themed `The Power of Leverage: How Youths Could Initiate and Inspire Change to Society and Government’, this three-day gathering is the work of Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam) Sarawak and youth volunteer group Azam Young Souls.

Snowdan commended the staging of KYDO as the government looked forward to the holding of more creative and dynamic events to engage and inspire youths, who are the key stakeholders and partners in the state’s development agenda.

“The purpose of the `Ngopi Ngeteh 2.0’ portion of KYDO is to spark brainstorming and discussions among the youth groups, including the best ways to implement digital initiatives in various economic and socio-economic sectors within the local communities,” he told those present.

Snowdan added that youths have plenty of opportunities to support development in many anchor sectors in the state, such as e-Commerce, social, tourism and even agriculture.

The objectives of KYDO are to bring together Kuching youths (1) to converse, perform and play together as part of a healthy lifestyle and social interaction, (2) to to talk about current social and economic trends with a view to encourage the younger generations to contribute ideas and recommendations on moving forward, and (3) to help provide a stronger unified front for them to be heard, to be engaged and be included in the state’s development process.

Eighty-five youths from Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas), Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, UiTM Sarawak, and TedX Kenyalang.— DayakDaily