Work with the government to run more youth-focused programs, the local community called

Sharifah Hasidah (third from left), Abdul Rahman on his right and others pose with the best participants of a children’s drawing competition, organized in collaboration with the “Beliaku Ceria Merdeka” program in Kampung Astana. — Photo by Lim How Pim

KUCHING (August 22): More programs should be planned and implemented to better guide today’s youth who will become future leaders, said Datuk Sharifah Hasidah Sayeed Aman Ghazali.

The Deputy Minister of Sarawak Premier’s Department (Law, MA63 and State-Federal Relations) said in this regard that the community needs to partner with various relevant government agencies to achieve this goal.

“Most importantly, the local community must be united. If they face problems, (they should) discuss and seek solutions. We have to come and work together to solve various problems.

“We will organize more programs for the benefit of the locals, especially our youth,” she said during the Beliaku Ceria Merdeka program official at Kampung Astana in Petra Jaya here yesterday.

Sharifah Hasidah, who is an MP for Samariang, said young people must be well prepared for the future of the state and the nation will be in their hands.

She stressed that no nation could afford to have young people involved in unhealthy activities such as alcohol and drug abuse.

She said a nation could descend into a chaotic situation that could hamper progress, if young people were alcoholic and plagued by drug addiction.

“Social ills like drug addiction can slow the pace of development in any nation, even in developed countries like the United States, which is the richest country in the world.”

In this regard, Sharifah Hasidah called on local community leaders and parents to pay special attention to the activities of their youths and children.

“We have to make sure that our villages and our young people are always ‘ceria’ (happy).

“Programs like futsal matches can be organised. We will find ways to create more programs for our young people.

Meanwhile, the deputy minister observed that Kampung Astana has stood in Petra Jaya for six decades and more.

She added, “We must continue to stick together to ensure continued development, especially the development of physical and human capital.

“I believe that more physical development will continue to take place in this area for the benefit of all.”

Earlier, Kampung Astana Chief Abdul Rahman Hassan said the half-day program aims to provide useful information and guidance to local youths.

He said that through various activities, including sports and games, the young participants would learn to be more responsible for themselves and their families.

“I hope that more similar programs will be conducted in this area in the near future to benefit more young people from the different villages here,” he said.