Special grant for 1M’sia youth programmes

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The government has agreed to create a special grant to assist and support the implementation of programmes related to the 1Malaysia concept organised by youths.

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said approval for the grant would be speeded up which was expected to enable more youths to be involved in the 1Malaysia programmes.

“Most of the suggestions are solid suggestions which the government can take up in due course.

“But one of the things that I am attracted to immediately is to create a special fund to support 1Malaysia programmes conducted by youths.

“We will launch them soon so that more and more young people could get involved with the 1Malaysia programmes,” he said when responding to a question at a dialogue session, in conjunction with the BN Youth Lab in Kuala Lumpur today.

Also present were Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Koh Tsu Koon, Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, Youth and Sports Minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek, his deputy Razali Ibrahim, Deputy Education Minister Wee Ka Siong and BN Youth chairperson Khairy Jamaluddin.

The final report of the BN Youth Lab tabled by Khairy, among others, suggested that the 1Malaysia grant be created to assist in the implementation of projects or programmes that encouraged or promoted inter-racial relations and the 1Malaysia principle.

Najib said the government would find the best mechanism to introduce the grant.

“Probably, we can include (the creation of the grant) in the budget speech to be tabled at the next budget or probably in the 10th Malaysia Plan implementation because it is an ongoing plan,” he said.

Najib said although not all the suggestions submitted by the lab could be accepted and implemented, what was more important was that the government had heard the voice of the young people in the country.

Also raised at the dialogue session was the issue on the minimum wage for local workers, where according to the Prime Minister, discussions were being held with the employers to consider the suggestions.

Source : Bernama

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