PUTRAJAYA – Participants of the Perdana Fellows Programme who were placed at the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry continue to serve on permanent basis with the ministry until today, said its minister, Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
He said his current special officer, who managed his schedule in the country, as well as working visits abroad, was the first Perdana Fellow.
“Infact, there are three other officers at the ministry who are Perdana Fellows,” he said at the handing over of Perdana Fellow participants to cabinet ministers at the Putra Perdana Building here today.
Today, Ismail Sabri received two more Perdana Fellows for the ministry.
Meanwhile, Communications and Multimedia Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Seri Dr Sharifah Zarah Syed Ahmad said the involvement of young people in public administration through the Perdana Fellows Programme could expose them to matters of national governance.
It would also enable them to provide ideas and views to the government, she added.
She said participants of the programme attached to the ministry would also be given the opportunity to give their ideas and opinion.
“When they come from outside, and see our way of working and feel that it is no longer suitable with current times, they will tell us.
“We, as leaders, should listen to ideas from young people and I hope programme like this can help the ministry and the government,” she added.
Now in it its third year, the Perdana Fellows Programme is to provide exceptionally talented young Malaysians first-hand experience in matters of national governance.
Fellows will be working at the highest levels of the federal government, assisting cabinet ministers in substantiating the national agenda.
This year, it involves 83 participants from more than 50 universities in nine countries who will serve as executive interns to their respective mentor ministers for a period of three months. – BERNAMA