By ILONA ANDREW
KOTA KINABALU: The Ministry of Youth and Sports will further empower the youths in Sabah via the RM125.57 million allocation given by the state government.
Speaking to reporters, its minister Phoong Jin Zhe said with the ministry’s main priority to make the aspirations and voice of youths be heard, a Sabah Youth Aspiration Centre will be established as a one-stop centre that provides services for youths, such as youth entrepreneurship programmes.
“Just like last year, the ministry will provide a provision of RM2 million for entrepreneurship schemes for the youth.
“Previously, entrepreneurship schemes were only given to youths who have ventured into business for two to three years but this time the scheme will serve as funds for youths who want to start up a business,” he said after the tabling of the 2020 State Budget at the State Legislative Assembly sitting on Friday.
The 2020 Sabah Budget was presented by Chief Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Mohd Shafie Apdal, who is also the state finance minister.
“We are also seeing an increment of provision for maintenance and upgrade of sports complex, which is RM10 million compared to RM5 million for this year.
“The allocation will surely allow the ministry to upgrade dilapidated sports facilities in stages,” Phoong said, adding that he is also well aware of how the state lacks sports equipment.
Meanwhile, the minister said the allocations will also focus on developing and enhancing the talents of Sabahan youths.
“In Sabah, we are seeing a lot of talented youngsters, be it in the newspaper or on Facebook, winning at national and international levels.
“The chief minister in his tabling speech just now mentioned about creativity, hence the ministry will continue providing allocations for these talented Sabahan youths as a motivation booster,” he concluded.