SANDAKAN: Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd Shafie Apdal has urged youth in the state to get actively involved in associations to equip themselves with necessary skills as future leaders.
He said by actively participating in associations would not only to inculcate the values of leadership, but it would also strengthen the unity among youth.
Active involvement in association could also enhance youth’s determination as the catalyst for unity, patriotism and volunteerism, entrepreneurship as well as innovative and creative inventors, he said.
Hence, he said, the state government had always had a high regard of the importance of the youth and always appreciated their role and contribution.
“Youth empowerment is a continuous process and we are committed to diversifying opportunities, providing a huge allocation and comprehensive development policy to produce successful and outstanding youth,” he said.
He said this when officiating the state-level Youth Day celebration here today. The text of Mohd Shafie’s speech was read out by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Jaujan Sambakong.
Mohd Shafie said the state Youth and Sports Ministry was on the right track by implementing an integrated approach to produce youths based on skills, entrepreneurship, leadership and volunteerism.
Earlier, state Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Poon Ming Fung said his ministry had developed the state Youth Development Strategic Plan focusing on youth development for the next five years.
He said the plan was to equip youth in several aspects such as leadership, volunteerism, entrepreneurship as well as knowledge and would be launched in the near future.
Also at the same event, Jaujan presented several youth awards including the state-level Anugerah Perdana Belia Negara to Nur Fadilah Mohamad and Iranmal Kasan (for female and male categories respectively) and Tuaran Red Crescent Society (youth association category).