Giving young people a chance to lead

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Verily, they were certain young people who believed in their Lord, and we increased them in leadership (Al Kahfi-13)

MAY 15 is National Youth Day. Each year, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Malaysian Youth Council (MBM) organize a celebration, presided over by the Prime Minister.

Malaysia is one of the leading countries in terms of managing youth development using the United Nations criteria – that a country should have a government agency for youth, national youth organizations and a national youth policy . We have the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the MBM (1948) and the National Youth Policy (1985).

Our young people have achieved success in many areas, and these can be attributed to the role of many parties. Nevertheless, we must overcome all shortcomings and explore new achievements. We must not live in past glories. We must create new glories for today and tomorrow.

Therefore, we need to focus on several things:

– Improve thinking and practices in education and training for young people that are holistic and forward-looking.

– Constant engagement with young people, rather than seasonal (for example, in the run-up to elections).

– Understand the “three demands of young people”: To have their voices heard, their roles recognized and their issues addressed in a youth-oriented way.

– Strengthen “youth empowerment”, in particular the role of young people in decision-making.

– Broaden consultation (shura) in national development by involving the three main sectors (government, business and civil society), where young people are part of civil society.

– Breaking the glass ceiling that limits opportunities for young people. For example, the opinion of young people in the decision-making process – even if it is more thoughtful and deserving, it is not valued because there is more concern with seniority.

Today’s world is a world of science and technology, especially communication technology and multimedia. The Covid-19 pandemic has shown two new developments for the use of technology. Some use it because they really embrace it, while others use it because they have to.

First of all, young people are the pioneers. In the second case, young people are mentors. It is therefore the era of youth.

History teaches the great benefits when young people are given leadership roles. The history of Islam is rich in its teachings, for example Ali ibn Abi Talib and Usamah ibn Zaid. Malaysian history gave us the second prime minister, Tun Abdul Razak.

In politics today, the decision of a particular party to remove its top leaders from leadership positions and the enactment of Undi-18 should pave the way for more young people to lead parties and be nominated in elections. .

May this progress spread to other areas as well.

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