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Give younger leaders chance to helm Saberkas - MP

Last Update: 03/07/2019

KUCHING, July 3 (Bernama) -- Bandar Kuching Member of Parliament, Dr Kelvin Yii Lee Wuen wants younger leaders in Sarawak be given the chance and bigger role to helm the Sarawak United National Youth Organisation (Saberkas).

He, therefore, urged Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Abang Openg, who is also Saberkas president and his deputy Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah to pass on their leadership role in the youth organisation.

"While we appreciate the role of the elders and experienced, they should play a more advisory role, complementing a younger and fresh leadership in any youth organisation rather than limiting the chance for the young to play a greater role in leadership.

"Even in a big organisation such as Saberkas, with 130,000 members, it is impossible to say they cannot find any suitable and competent leader among young Sarawakians to take a higher leadership role," he said in a statement, here, today.

Dr Yii said he was also disappointed with Abdul Karim's statement that Sarawak would not follow the federal government's intention to lower the age group definition of youth from 15-30 years to give more chances to younger individuals to lead. 

Disputing the justification made by Abdul Karim, who is also Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister that the definition was a 'Western concept', he said many Asian countries had adopted it,  including Sri Lanka, Japan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Indonesia, India and Vietnam.

He said the claim spoke volumes of the value and confidence such Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) ministers put on the youth even here in Sarawak.

The approach taken by the federal government, he said, was  in line with its intention to empower young people in the country on top of ensuring continuity of the country's leadership, and expedite the youth maturity process.

"To allow our youth to take leadership roles gives them an opportunity to grow, learn more about responsibilities as well as give fresh and good critical ideas to government policies that affect them.

"It will further encourage participation of youth in such beneficial activities rather than go down the road of social and negative activities," he added.




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