Collective urged to build future together

James Kon

Brunei Darussalam Youth Council President Md Aidil Firdaus bin Haji Jukin yesterday shared among delegates at the Commonwealth Youth Senior Officials Meeting (Asia Region) some of the major achievements by Brunei Darussalam in recognising the important role of youth in the nation’s future development.

Md Aidil Firdaus highlighted, “We all share a common vision for our youth. The Brunei Vision 2035 is in-line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals. It aims to transform Brunei Darussalam as a nation whose people are educated, highly skilled and successful enjoying high quality living.”

The Commonwealth Youth Senior Officials Meeting (Asia Region) continues until today at The Centrepoint Hotel.

Citing progress made in Brunei Darussalam and reflecting on how youth are leading the future of the younger generation, Md Aidil Firdaus said, “The Government of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam has designated August 1 every year as National Youth Day to acknowledge the contribution and achievements of youth to the nation.”

He also said during the National Youth Policy review early this year, Brunei’s youth were given the opportunity to air their comments and directly influence the contents of the new National Youth Policy.

President of The Brunei Darussalam Youth Council Md Aidil Firdaus bin Haji Jukin delivers his speech. PHOTO: JAMES KON

“In addition to this, on June 16 and 17, the National Youth Congress was held to discuss and come up with a resolution reflecting priorities faced by today’s youth. We have outlined a resolution alongside a number of recommendations focussing on three major topics.

“The topics are Entrepreneurship, Youth Participation and Future Ready Youth. These topics are reflected in the Youth Congress Resolution such as tackling youth unemployment, promotion of youth entrepreneurship and innovation, resourcing and financing youth development and many more.”

Md Aidil Firdaus also believed with continuous cooperation, closer collaboration and sharing of information, any issue could be solved within a set targetted timeline.

“Towards this, extra effort in guiding and providing youth in terms of capacity building and providing various platforms that can cater to their diverse needs and wants should be strengthened by cultivating youth involvement. Creating a safe and conductive environment should also be our priority to create a sustainable, stable and future ready youth.”

He added, “We cannot rely on the government only or specific organisation to fulfil the vision. It is the responsibility of everyone. Through the Whole of Nation Approach, everyone plays a vital role to achieve the goals and actions. Without a doubt, countless strategies and plans had or have been made and implemented. A number of issues have been solved but the question remains, ‘How can we improve further to be more effective and efficient?’ One possible way is to create more options and alternatives to the challenges faced.”

In his partying note, he said, “Let’s work together to build our future together.”

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin was the guest of honour.

Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland and Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Pengiran Mohd Amirrizal bin Pengiran Haji Mahmud were also present.