KUALA LUMPUR: Youths should not expect to be spoon-fed and should, instead, rely on their talents and skills to attain their goals, said Felda Malaysia Youth Council President Anuar Abd Manap.
Urging them to participate in community activities through the various associations and non-governmental organisations, he said they should also get involved in politics in order to learn to shoulder responsibilities.
“They should also be smart enough to seize opportunities that come their way, as well as equip themselves with the right knowledge and skills,” he told Bernama.
Anuar, who is also Member of Parliament for Sekijang in Johor, also felt that political parties should give youths the avenue to develop their leadership skills by giving them posts.
Apart from making them feel appreciated, the move would also give them a chance to contribute their ideas and expertise to fuel the nation’s growth.
“Youths should be given the chance to hold certain posts and be entrusted with making decisions. This is important because if political parties were to ignore youths, then it will be difficult to get them interested in politics later on,” he said.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin had, recently, called for more youth participation in politics to better shape government policies.
He said politics was the most important aspect to move Malaysia towards attaining high-income and high-knowledge nation status, as well as build a strong economy.
Anuar said he disagreed with the notion that youths should not participate in politics as being “young blood”, they may have a tendency to act hastily when it came to handling issues.
“We have to listen to their ideas and viewpoints. We must get closer to them as they are the future leaders of our country.
“The government has introduced the Youth Parliament as a platform for youths to voice out their opinions on any issue in a harmonious manner, using the proper channel,” he said.