Sabah launches youth policy, development plan

KOTA KINABALU (Bernama) – The Sabah Youth Development Strategic Plan 2016-2020 and the Sabah Youth Policy have become important references for the state government to introduce policies to develop the potential of young people in all aspects.

Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said Sabah had 1.87 million youth according to the Statistics Department of Malaysia in 2015.

He said based on the Sabah Youth Index (IBS) in 2015, the score was 68.68, indicating that Sabah youth were ranked moderately based on 12 domains in IBS.

According to him, the domain was free of deviant behaviour, health, social relations, self-development, self-identity, self-potential, media usage, education, economic well-being, leisure time and political socialisation.

“Hence, the Sabah State Youth Strategic Development Plan and the Sabah Youth Policy are being developed to enhance the well-being of youths and to mould them as leaders and catalysts in Sabah’s development.

“These instruments and mechanisms are fundamental in empowering youth as state and national leaders for the present and the future,” he said launching the Sabah Youth Development Strategic Plan 2016-2020 and Sabah Youth Policy yesterday.

The text of his speech was read by Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Jaujan Sambakong. Also present was State Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Frankie Poon Ming Fung.

Mohd Shafie wants the Sabah Youth Policy and the Sabah Youth Development Strategic Plan 2016-2020 to serve as the main guide in producing positive and active youth involved in youth associations and become agents of change in the community.