Exploring the youth potential


Over the weekend, the nation saw how public-sector collaboration managed to gather hundreds of thousands of youths in Putrajaya in 200 activities for the ‘Himpunan Sejuta Belia’.

PM Najib addressing the youths at 'Himpunan Sejuta Belia'

Youths had so much fun. They played, competed, performed, ate, danced, sang and pondered through arts, performing arts and even their future at the tertiary education and job opportunities exhibitions. They saw the might of the defense of the realm with the military participation, via Universiti Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia. They partied at Media Prima’s Jom Heboh special edition.

Leaders were there for them. Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and streams of Cabinet Ministers attended and made appearance in the various activities. They even had a chance to watch the UEFA 2011 Champion of Leagues final with Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Abdul Razak, where many saw their favourite team Manchester United was trampled in style in Wembley by Barcelona FC.

PM Najib watched his favourite team being trampled during CPL 2011 finals

PM Dato’ Sri Najib announced the setting up of ‘Youth Parliament’. Youths now will have an avenue to talk and discuss issues pertaining to them and their interest, as part of their contribution to nation building. This is very positive and a progress to realise the full potential of the nation’s most prized asset; her young people.

These youths’ potential should be realised. They may not have the necessary experience and exposure, but they definitely have ideas. Their imagination and creativity is like the Pacific Ocean where a lot of treasures lie yet to be explored, discovered and realised. As the nation now have a policy of ‘innovation economy’, it is pertinent that the implementation of this policy be tailored to the youths, now and ever increasing annually as they leave school.

Minister of Youth cycling

Activities involving youths previously were not ‘media savvy’ were given due coverage in these three historic days.

So many focus on sports when they begin to think about youths. They conveniently ignore other potential that youths could be harnessed for; creativity, performance arts, entrepreneurism and even CSR work. Given the right opportunity, they should able to present their mettle. ‘Innovation Economy’ have termendous opportunities here at home.

One such is a college project for short film. Multimedia College (a wholly owned subsidiary of Telekom Malaysia Bhd, via Multimedia University) students recently produced a low budget class project, which demonstrated how these people could be developed further.

More industry-driven education is necessary for our youths to be prepared for the real challenges in the working and business world. A class project such as this propels expansionary process of the students’ creativity and thinking-outside-the-box. The youths must be prepared to adapt themselves in the dynamism of reality.

With proper guidance, coaching and interaction, they are able to do more. This is a nation of youths and they must be included. Considering that 50% of the rakyat is 30 years or younger, this is where our future lies. Industries should be more pro-active in engaging them.

Published in: on May 30, 2011 at 11:59  Comments (4)