YOUNG­STERS FIRED UP FOR 2050

Four ses­sions later, is­sues dis­cussed in­clude iden­tity, dig­i­tal econ­omy and the en­vi­ron­ment

New Straits Times - - News - FER­NANDO FONG KUALA LUMPUR kee.soon@nst.com.my

FOUR di­a­logue ses­sions have been held since the 2050 Na­tional Trans­for­ma­tion (TN50) plan was an­nounced by Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Na­jib Razak.

The na­tional dia­logues on TN50 are be­ing con­ducted as the gov­ern­ment wants the peo­ple to be in­volved in the new vi­sion.

The dia­logues are meant to col­lect feed­back to frame a new di­rec­tion for the coun­try, so that the peo­ple’s as­pi­ra­tion will be re­flected, specif­i­cally the in­put of youth from all races.

The first TN50 town hall was held with some 500 youth rep­re­sen­ta­tives at De­wan Tunku Canselor, Univer­siti Malaya, here in Jan­uary.

Dur­ing the 90-minute di­a­logue, in which Youth and Sports Min­is­ter Khairy Ja­malud­din was also present, the youth voiced their de­sires, needs and con­cerns about the dig­i­tal econ­omy, iden­tity, ed­u­ca­tion, in­fra­struc­ture, smart cities, health, men­tal­ity and the en­vi­ron­ment.

The pro­gramme saw the launch of an ini­tial sur­vey to col­late views and po­ten­tial themes to set the tone and en­cour­age crit­i­cal think­ing on TN50.

Sus­tain­able prod­ucts de­sign com­pany Biji-Biji Ini­tia­tive co­founder Azam Hisham was among those who at­tended the sec­ond di­a­logue at the In­ter­na­tional Youth Cen­tre in Cheras here last month.

“The ses­sion was a pro­duc­tive process in col­lect­ing data and opin­ions of youth. It gives a voice to young peo­ple and fires their pas­sion about life in 2050.

“It’s a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone by the gov­ern­ment in terms of en­gag­ing the peo­ple, and it’s good that such road­shows are hap­pen­ing all over Malaysia,” Azam said.

Dur­ing the ses­sion, in which peo­ple shared ideas on their ideal so­ci­ety for 2050, Azam said Malaysia could ben­e­fit from a so­ci­ety that ac­cepted dif­fer­ent ideas and had crit­i­cal dis­course.

He pro­posed the de­vel­op­ment of an en­vi­ron­men­tally-sus­tain­able so­ci­ety.

A third ses­sion was held at Univer­siti Te­knologi Mara (UiTM) in Seri Iskandar, Perak, on Wed­nes­day, mod­er­ated by Khairy and Men­teri Be­sar Datuk Seri Dr Zam­bry Abd Kadir.

More than 1,000 stu­dents of pub­lic higher-learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions at­tended the event, and they dis­cussed the im­por­tance of see­ing Malaysia with a strong iden­tity by 2050, with em­pha­sis on civic val­ues and knowl­edge in science, arts, sports and re­li­gion.

Khairy said Malaysian high­er­learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions, such as UiTM, should strive to im­prove and be among the best in the world, on a par with the likes of Univer­sity of Ox­ford in the United King­dom.

But Khairy also said these as­pi­ra­tions would only come true if Malaysians shared sim­i­lar goals and fought to achieve them to­gether.

Among those who at­tended the ses­sion was an elec­tri­cal stu­dent from In­sti­tut Kemahi­ran Belia Ne­gara, Muham­mad Nur Aliff Abdul Aziz, 20, who as­pired to play a role in pro­tect­ing and im­prov­ing the en­vi­ron­ment.

“I wish to see less en­vi­ron­men­tal de­struc­tion in the coun­try.

“As we move for­ward, we tend to for­get to keep our en­vi­ron­ment safe,” he said.

The fourth di­a­logue was held at Univer­siti Malaysia Sarawak in Kota Samarahan yesterday.

The younger gen­er­a­tion are also en­cour­aged to pro­pose ideas by sub­mit­ting pa­pers to the Youth and Sports Min­istry.

Through­out the year, a se­ries of TN50 cit­i­zen en­gage­ments will be held, in­clud­ing es­say com­pe­ti­tions, video con­tests, mu­ral ex­hi­bi­tions and In­sta­gram edit­ing.

At the same time, young Malaysians are in­vited to sub­mit ideas for a TN50 App, which will serve as a pub­lic plat­form for build­ing and shap­ing the fu­ture of Malaysia. For details, visit http://mytn50.com.

TN50 was in­tro­duced by Na­jib dur­ing the 2017 Bud­get pre­sen­ta­tion in Par­lia­ment in Oc­to­ber.

Na­jib said it was a con­tin­u­a­tion of Vi­sion 2020 with a na­tional strat­egy and im­ple­men­ta­tion plan that would serve as a na­tional dis­course geared to­wards chart­ing the na­tion’s di­rec­tion.

The goals were be­ing de­vel­oped via a con­sul­ta­tive process in the prepara­tory phase from this year to 2019, and will be out­lined in a TN50 pol­icy doc­u­ment in 2020.

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