ASEAN youths ‘must be resilient and responsible’

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BRUNEI-MUARA

YOUTHS are urged to be resilient, determined and responsible not just to themselves, but also to the broader society, both within and beyond national borders.

Youth development is very crucial, and for ASEAN with its young population, the success in developing our youth determines the future in our region, said the Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports yesterday.

Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Pekerma Laila Diraja Dato Seri Setia Hj Hazair Hj Abdullah was speaking during the ASEAN Youth Award and Tayo ASEAN Award Presentation Ceremony held at the Tarindak d’Polo, Royal Brunei Polo and Riding Club, Jerudong.

He also reiterated His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s titah on the importance of the country’s youth as a national asset, meaning that the youth development agenda is very important.

“Those that we develop will reflect the type of leaders we will have to face in the future. If they are good, we can smile with relief; but if they are of low morals, the nation will suffer and bear the burden.” (also part of titah)

YB Pehin Dato Hj Hazair also mentioned the importance of youth in nation building and harnessing the development of youths to the fullest which was highlighted during the ASEAN Leaders Summit in Brunei Darussalam last year; the need to develop youths to be future leaders was emphasised.

“In cognisance of this, ASEAN has formalised the leaders’ meeting with ASEAN youth representatives as a forum to exchange views between ASEAN leaders and the future leaders of the region. “

The forum gives youths the opportunity to voice their opinions on how they want to shape youth policies and policies that might affect them.

He added that the leaders have also agreed to do more to encourage young people in Southeast Asia to develop entrepreneurial skills and undertake volunteer activities.

“Our youths can be seen contributing to the national and regional development by addressing society’s most challenging issues such as unemployment where our youths have introduced innovative new jobs in the green economy and ICT.”

He also said that this includes issues related to underprivileged communities, through volunteerism, developing non-formal and peer-led education in the communities, or helping combat HIV/AIDS through community-based awareness raising projects.

The speech was followed by a presentation of awards to the participants for their outstanding achievements and contributions.

Also present during the ceremony were Director of Youth and Sports Hj Abdul Malik Hj Mohamed who is also the chairman of the ASEAN Youth and Ten Accomplished Youth Organisations in ASEAN (TAYO ASEAN) Award, the Deputy Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Hjh Adina Othman and the Permanent Secretary of Culture, Youth and Sports who is also the Chairman of the 7th SOMY and 6th SOMY+3, Dato Paduka Hj Mohd Hamid Hj Mohd Jaafar.

Also present were Ambassadors and High Commissioners in Brunei Darussalam, members of the ASEAN Secretariat, Senior Government Officials, delegations of the 7th SOMY and 6th SOMY+3, representatives of the Committee for ASEAN Youth Cooperation Focal Point (CAYC) and Youth Participants of the 20th ASEAN Youth Day Meeting (AYDM) and 9th TAYO ASEAN Award.

The objectives of AYDM are to enhance ASEAN awareness, exchange experience, views and ideas to develop common perception of the ASEAN Youth Policy in human resources development.

The Brunei Times