Over 300 youths to meet CM at Be­tong town hall ses­sion

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KUCHING: Over 300 youths from through­out Sarawak are ex­pected to take part in the town hall ses­sion with Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Pat­inggi Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg at Tan Sri Datuk Amar Stephen Ka­long Ningkan Sports Hall in Be­tong on Oct 28.

Min­is­ter of Tourism, Arts, Cul­ture, Youth and Sports Datuk Ab­dul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the ses­sion is one of high­lights of the state-level Youth Day Cel­e­bra­tion 2017.

“This is a much- awaited event where youths from Be­tong and other parts of Sarawak have a town hall ses­sion with the chief min­is­ter.

“Youths nowa­days love to have a di­a­logue with the chief min­is­ter. This year, we will have the youth town hall ses­sion with the chief min­is­ter af­ter the of­fi­cial open­ing on Oct 28,” he told a press con­fer­ence at his of­fice here yes­ter­day.

Ab­dul Karim said the ses­sion would in­volve 300 to 400 youths com­pris­ing mostly stu­dents of higher learn­ing in­sti­tu­tions and up­per sec­ondary schools as well as mem­bers of youth or­gan­i­sa­tions and as­so­ci­a­tions.

He said the youths would in­ter­act with the chief min­is­ter on govern­ment poli­cies, op­por­tu­ni­ties for youths, and the leader’s vi­sion for the youth, among oth­ers.

“From what I heard dur­ing the ‘ Lan Ber­am­beh’ pro­gramme in Kuala Lumpur re­cently, the is­sues that came from the youths were mostly con­cern­ing their hope and fu­ture.

“I think the ques­tions in the com­ing town hall ses­sion will more or less be along the same line,” he said.

Ab­dul Karim said an­other much awaited event would be the pre­sen­ta­tion of youth awards to out­stand­ing in­di­vid­u­als and as­so­ci­a­tions.

He said the com­mit­tee had de­cided to re­duce the num­ber of awards this year be­cause it did want not to see too many icons an­nounced.

“Even at na­tional level, only three awards are given. Be­fore, we gave many awards un­til we had prob­lem iden­ti­fy­ing the icons.

“So this year, we re­duce it to three, to be given to those whom the com­mit­tee feels de­serve to be awarded,” he said, adding that each re­cip­i­ent would re­ceive a cer­tifi­cate, tro­phy and some cash in­cen­tive.

Ab­dul Karim (third right) shows the state-level Youth Day cel­e­bra­tion logo while (from right) Ren­tap, Ik Pa­hon and Snow­dan look on.

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