BINTULU (Aug. 15): Having more youth clubs or organizations with strong foundations would help the government come up with better and more holistic development programs for this group.
Bintulu Deputy Resident, Hussaini Hakim, in emphasizing this, also called on local youths to be more proactive especially in setting up clubs or organizations for their peers in their respective villages and settlement areas.
In this regard, he also observed that as of June this year, only 14 youth organizations in Bintulu had been registered compared to 101 sports bodies established under the Sports Development Act 1997.
“I believe that the Bintulu Youth and Sports Bureau is always open when it comes to helping to establish youth clubs in Bintulu,” he said in his speech during the celebration of this year’s National Divisional Youth Day, themed “Ini Masa Kita” (This Is Our Time), at the Bintulu Civic Center yesterday.
The event hosted various activities such as sports and games, sales booths run by young local entrepreneurs as well as a car show.
The Social Security Organization (Socso) also brought in representatives of nine companies, which opened up employment opportunities for young people.
Johnny Pang, MP for Tanjong Batu, officiated at the opening ceremony.
According to Hussaini, it was the first time Youth Day was celebrated here.
“National Youth Day is usually held at the state or national level, and only on May 15.
“However, it reflects the government’s appreciation for all the efforts undertaken by the young people and also their success. Young people are at the heart of the country’s growth and they represent the strength of Keluarga Malaysia (Malaysian family),” he said.
Hussaini said that according to statistics, 21.4% or seven million of Malaysia’s population of 32.7 million comprises young people between the ages of 15 and 30; people between the ages of 15 and 40 represent nearly 15 million of the total population.
“These statistics are quite significant as they affect the development plans of the country. In this aspect, the views and aspirations of young people are important for the government to formulate the direction for the future.
Meanwhile, in his speech, Pang said that in keeping with the theme of the division-level celebration, yesterday’s event underscored that “it’s time” for young people to take advantage of all the organized activities. .
“I believe that the activities will instill in our young people the spirit of sportsmanship and also the awareness of the importance of being involved in healthy activities.
“After more than two years of limited outdoor activities due to the MCO (Movement Control Order) to stop the spread of Covid-19, young people should now regain their energy and passion by doing healthy sports activities.
“No matter who you are, we are all stressed; thus, these activities can release stress and make us stronger,” Pang said.