Last Friday I launched the Dana Belia 1Malaysia or 1Malaysia Youth Fund, a RM20 million grant to finance ideas and projects by the youth. Continuing my principle that the Government must continue to engage with the rakyat, the idea, that was first conceived at the Youth Lab last year was included in the 2011 Budget.
In order for our country to move forward, we must ensure that we have the human capital that is capable of carrying out the responsibilities of physical and social development. This means you, the youth and future of Malaysia, must prepare yourselves to take on these tasks. This Fund provides you with a platform to make such preparations and will act as the “tipping point” to execute these programmes or activities.
Through my interactions with you, I have seen and heard many great ideas and ambitious plans to benefit your community and the country in numerous ways. Even the simplest ideas can spark significant change in your community and in you. This Fund encourages you to explore those ideas. I hope you take the time to learn more about this fund at its website.
I am also excited that a portion of this Fund will also be offered through a special television programme on one of our local television stations via Media Prima in April. There will be many Malaysians watching and rooting for your success as you strive to make your ambitions come true.
As you can clearly see, this Fund is special to me. I urge you, the youth and future of Malaysia, to seize the opportunities and possibilities it offers to realise your dreams, aspirations and goals for Malaysia. In turn, this country looks to you to do great things with this opportunity.