Tuesday, August 11, 2009

CM: Grab training, job opportunities available

BINTULU: Youths who are a valuable asset to the country should be more open-minded in seizing the employment opportunities in the job market.

Chief Minister Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud in giving the reminder yesterday said the young should also grab the training chances that come along to better prepare themselves for the future.

He said they needed to be more attentive to developments around them including jobs that would be available in Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE).

According to Taib, youths formed about 40.5 per cent of the state’s population of 2.3 million people last year.

Those aged between 15 and 40 are classified as youth.

The chief minister said the state government was mindful of the great contribution youths would make for the sustainability of development and future growth of the state, adding that in line with that it had identified five core development programmes especially for youths under the Ninth Malaysia Plan (9MP).

He added that the emphasis included strengthening the youth development agenda which was implemented under the Eight Malaysia Plan, particularly those related to improving their academic achievements and skills, and encouraging and building leadership qualities in youths at various levels including at the villages and longhouses.

Taib said this in his keynote address during the launching of the 2009 State-Level Youth Assembly at the Civic Centre here.

The chief minister’s text of speech was delivered by Social Development and Urbanisation Minister Dato Sri William Mawan.

Taib added that the core development programmes also included efforts to enlarge and encourage youth participation in agricultural activities, and to provide more training centres, especially for those who could not find places in institutions of higher learning.

On the theme of the celebration, ‘Belia Berwawasan Penggerak Kejayaan’, the chief minister hoped it would have a positive impact on the youths to shoulder the task of inheriting and preserving the country’s success.

“The younger generation has to equip itself with the right knowledge and boost its professionalism in order to contribute effectively towards the country’s development,” he added.

He also outlined several major challenges and obstacles the youths had to counter effectively in the future.

Seven persons received ‘Tokoh Belia’ awards in connection with the assembly and among other things each of them received a certificate, a medal and a souvenir worth RM1,000 each.

The seven included Ibrahim @ Abd Hussain Tuah, David Chuo Kong Chu and Yusuff Mohamad who received the silver medal and Lucy @ Lucie Radu Balang who received the bronze medal.

The other award recipients are Jackson Ting Nik Soon (youth and sports award) and Suffian Jalet and Tuah Jili (youth cultural award).

Among those present included Youth Assistant Minister Hamden Ahmad, Senator Pau Chiong Ung, Senator Datuk Hii Tiong Kuok, Kemena assemblyman Dr Stephen Rundi Utom and Saberkas secretary general Aidan Wing, who is also Lambir assemblyman.

Bintulu Resident Ismail Mohd Hanis, Social Development and Urbanisation Ministry permanent secretary Ik Pahon, who is also the organising chairman, and Youth and Sports Department director Mohd Selihin Kachon were also present.

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