Call for more emphasis on youth, job opportunities

|     Rokiah Mahmud     |

THE role of the young generation as the country’s assets needs to be further emphasised, as they are regarded as the country’s development engines who will continue to contribute to the overall development of the nation, said Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin during the morning session of the Legislative Council (LegCo) meeting yesterday.

“They should be provided with suitable opportunities so that their potential can be maximised in carrying out the country’s agenda,” he said.

He noted as well that any initiatives introduced should involve the youth to make them more “comprehensive”. “This is indispensable in our efforts to face the challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. All parties, especially the youth, should work together as a team towards empowering communities, especially those of their own,” he said.

The minister highlighted that the country is very fortunate to be blessed by a monarch who cares and is concerned about the welfare of his people at all levels of society.

“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’s emphasis on the welfare of the people must be prioritised to ensure that assistance is channelled to the needy while at the same time not get misused by any party,” Yang Berhormat Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan said.

“At the same time, the welfare of the people is also about providing employment opportunities, especially for the targetted groups. Therefore, the ministry will continue to prioritise efforts to realise the best mechanisms to create employment opportunities that can change the lives of these people.

“Our goal is to provide fair opportunities for target groups including disabled people, youth dropouts and families who receive monthly special assistance. This not only helps (in terms of generating income for them), but also brings these groups out of the poverty cycle by opening employment opportunities.”

Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Yang Berhormat Major General (Rtd) Dato Paduka Seri Awang Haji Aminuddin Ihsan bin Pehin Orang Kaya Saiful Mulok Dato Seri Paduka Haji Abidin at the opening ceremony of the 15th Legislative Council session. – INFOFOTO