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LANGKAWI – A deputy minister today proposed that the ASEAN Youth Programme in conjunction with the Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace 2015 (LIMA ’15) Exhibition focus on the ASEAN community’s involvement as an initiative to strengthen ties and to boost the maritime and aerospace defence industry.

Malaysian Deputy Defence Minister Datuk Abdul Rahim Bakri said the programme provided the stage for youths to play a bigger role in ensuring peace and security in the region by promoting moderation and dialogue among the youths.

“A total of 360 participants from the ASEAN countries are expected for the programme, representing young professionals, young entrepreneurs, young researchers and students who are involved in the maritime, aeronautical and aerospace fields.

“This programme also includes the involvement of the National Service Training Programme (PLKN) and also IM4U, a non-governmental organisation that helps nurture volunteerism amongst Malaysian youths,” he told reporters on the sidelines at the ASEAN Youth Assembly here.

LIMA ’15 is being held from tomorrow to March 21.

Abdul Rahim also said that the programme might act as a catalyst in bringing the region together, cutting across different nationalities, religions and cultures to promote lasting peace.

The Malaysian Ministry of Youth and Sports would also organise voluntary programmes involving ASEAN youths to reflect the spirit of togetherness and solidarity among the region’s youths, he said.

Meanwhile, Youth Education and Training Officer at the ASEAN Secretariat, Revina Indira Putri, said such programmes not only brought youths together but also cultivated ties among the Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Youth and Sports and the secretariat for future collaboration. – BERNAMA

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