KUALA LUMPUR – Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak today outlined the government ‘6E’ approach to empower the country’s youth.
Speaking at the Malaysian Youth Council (MBM)’s 63rd annual general assembly here, he said the 6Es referred to engagement, empowerment, education, entrepreneurship, social entreprise and experience.
He said by widening the platform for the youths to voice their views, the feedback received would be seen as more comprehensive.
“Because of that, we have the Youth Parliament to complement the MBM platform and National Youth Consultation Council. Perhaps in future other platform can be considered.
“Also no less important is the social media that indirectly forms a big vehicle. We summarise this with the desire to have more engagement because today’s youth is different from the young people of before,” said Najib.
Also present were Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin and MBM President Mohamed Maliki Mohamed Rapiee.
Touching on the empowerment aspect, the prime minister said it included giving the youth opportunities in various careers, including representatives in parliament, government administration and state legislative assembly,
For that objective, he welcomed suggestions to amend the definition of youth age from 15 to 40 years to 15 to 30 years as outlined in the National Youth Policy Draft.
He said the Youth and Sports Ministry would also discuss with the Defence Ministry to formulate new curriculum for the National Service Training (PLKN) programme.
“Through PLKN 2.0 later, the youths will be given skills in discipline and patriotism. When they leave PLKN, there will be higher market value. Armed with a strong identity and better leadership values, I believe we can contribute to the nation’s transformation,” he said.
The proposal to review PLKN was made by prime minister when tabling the 2015 Budget last October.
Najib said the expression ‘the government today for young people and youths’ was not merely political rhetorics because the government had actually ‘filled’ it with appropriate attention, consideration and assistance for that group. – BERNAMA