The Yayasan Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah (Yayasan) Hari Raya celebration at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Berakas yesterday featured an exhibition depicting the crucial role the youth play towards national development.
The Bulletin caught up with youth association members participating in the exhibition.
Assistant Officer of the Youth and Sports Department (JBS) at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCYS) Amirul Sazmin bin Ibrahim said, “There is no denying the countless contributions youths have brought to the table in helping to steer the country forward.
They have played a significant role over the years. The high number of youth volunteers stepping forward to help man the frontlines as the country battles the COVID-19 outbreak is a more recent testament to their contributions.”
Amirul Sazmin also said that the youth are instrumental in bringing innovation to more traditional fields, citing the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in agriculture and farming as an example.
The youth will eventually move on to become the leaders of tomorrow. For now, some are already at the helm of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and associations.
Sharing his thoughts, Mata-Mata Mosque’s Youth Group representative Mohamad Hajid bin Mirhasa highlighted that the mosque youth group plays an essential role in attracting youths to the mosque.
“We hold religious clinics, camps and talks to attract and educate the youth. This is vital as the goal is to uphold the religious belief, encourage future generations to spend their time wisely and mould some of them into religious leaders,” he added.
Meanwhile, Yayasan Education Intervention Programme (PIP) representative Siti Nurul Anmaysa Aminaa binti Haji Kifli believed, “education plays a major role and youths play a part in helping each other further develop the skills-set needed for the future.”
She added, “We provide extra classes for students who are about to sit for their PSR exams.
“The PIP programme also provides scholarships for students in need to further their studies at Yayasan School.”
The exhibition highlighted the youth’s role on the spiritual, intellectual and emotional fronts.