KOTA MARUDU: Proper skills must be instilled upon youths today because they are the nation’s future assets, according to Dr Maximus Ongkili.
As such, various programmes have been specially designed by the government, ranging from educational to motivational subjects, to cater the needs of today’s youths and train them as future leaders.
The Kota Marudu Member of Parliament said all these are possible, thanks to the Prime Minister’s soft heart for youth.
“Najib Razak is pro-youth and this is obvious through his participation in programmes involving the young such as Transformasi Negara 50 (TN50), Mobile Outreach Programme (MOP) and Mobile Community Transformation Centre (MCTC), to mention some,” said Ongkili, who is also the Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister.
Speaking when launching the Mobile Youth Transformation Vocational (MYTV) – MOP – MCTC Programme, here, Sunday, he called on youths in the district to take advantage of such events to gain useful skills.
“It is not often that such programmes come knocking on our door, so when that happens, grab the opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge.
“The opposition has no such programmes for the youths of today because they are void of creativity and vision of the future. They are just busy trying to unseat the Barisan Nasional government in their craze for take over Putrajaya,” Ongkili stressed.
A total of 119 participants took part in the two-day programme where they were exposed to six skills – cosmetic, carpentry, piping, wiring, culinary and agriculture.
Also present were Anita Baranting, assistant Community Development and Consumer Affairs Minister and Arnold Joibi, the Kota Marudu District Officer.
Later, Ongkili unveiled the Native Court Election Machinery for Matunggong, during a Meet-The-People Session at Kampung Sampir Darat.
He also welcomed the participation from village heads and grassroots leaders in ensuring victory for Barisan Nasional and recapturing Matunggong in the 14th General Elections, urging them to work hard and sincerely.