KUALA LUMPUR – The youth and sports ministry has agreed to a proposal to set up an Asean youth assembly hall, only after obtaining the green light from the Cabinet.
It’s minister, Khairy Jamaluddin said a suitable mechanism would be created with the cooperation of the foreign ministry for implementation later.
“For the early stage, the assembly will operate with its own secretariat or in cooperation with the Committee of Asean Youth Cooperation,” he said when winding-up the closing speech of the first conference of the Malaysia Youth Parliament at the Dewan Rakyat Sunday.
Khairy said the setting up of the assembly would give opportunity and space for local youths to exchange views with their Asean counterparts, and that it was in keeping with the calender this year, which saw Malaysia becoming chairman of Asean.
The setting up of the assembly is among nine motions tabled, debated and approved in two days of conference which was attended by 133 youth members of various layers of society nationwide. The Malaysia Youth Parliament, a platform to turn out a young back-up leaderships of calibre, which met for the first time since yesterday, was postponed today to a latter date.
The motion on the setting up of a programme for an assembly of Asean youths to function as a medium to discuss and formulate regional policies, and the motion on the setting up of a youth soft skills institute were among the attention-grabbers.
Other motions included urging the government to set up a skills excellence scholarship scheme, special discount card for youths to encourage the use of public land transport, setting up a young workers union for problems and issues involving the youth.
The conference also approved a motion on the implementation of a community level disaster management plan for effectiveness of the mechanism in disaster management, other than improving rural education in the context of excellent teacher.
Commenting on the debate, Khairy expressed amazement because the delegates managed to prove it was not a wasteful initiative as the gathering became a platform to collect good ideas for the development of youth and the country.
Khairy said all matters raised during the conference would be processed and turned into a report to be forwarded to the Cabinet before being handed to any ministry for further action.
At a media conference later, he said the date for the next Youth Parliament would be decided after discussing with Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia.
However, he added that the Youth Parliament would convene thrice a year and was scheduled to be held in June and September.
Meanwhile, Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker, Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee said overall, the delegates had prepared well and could also debate well.
“The debates were very satisfactory. They had skills and interesting talking points. In fact, there are those among the delegates we can be proud of,” he told Bernama.
The Youth Parliament was initiated by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, two years ago, and is aimed at turning out a line-up of young back-up leaders in line with national needs. – Bernama