Impressive lineup of speakers slated for Tegas’ Sarawak Youth Forum

Len Talif (centre) with Tegas chief operating officer Awangku Merali Pengiran Mohamed (second left) and other members during the press conference of Sarawak Youth Forum 2016 held at Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation on April 5.

Len Talif (centre) with Tegas chief operating officer Awangku Merali Pengiran Mohamed (second left) and other members during the press conference of Sarawak Youth Forum 2016 held at Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation on April 5.

Members of the public, especially youths are invited to participate in the annual Sarawak Youth Forum (SYF) to be held at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) on April 9.

The forum organised by Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Bumiputera Sarawak (Tegas) and Malaysia Youth Parliament members aims to raise the state’s Technical Vocational Education and Training (Tvet) awareness to a higher level and to empower the youths to become the future changemakers.

According to Tegas chairman Datu Len Talif Salleh, the forum that is expected to attract more than 2,000 youths from Kuching, Kota Samarahan and Serian will include many exciting activities, among them is the dialogue session with Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

“There are a lot of issues that trouble our youths such as education, economy and social.

“Therefore, the dialogue session with the chief minister will act as a platform that allows the youths to voice out their thoughts and opinions on issues that are close to their hearts,” said Len Talif who is also the Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Promotion of Technical Education) and Assistant Minister of Environment in a press conference held at Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation on April 4.

Adenan will be delivering a talk on ‘Sarawak as the Most Developed State with High-Income Economy’ that hopes to provide answers to questions on the spot as well as taking note during the discussion session for future state policy makings.

Other speakers that will participate in the forum include Department of Skills Development director Datuk Dr Pang Chau Leong that will talk on ‘Skilling Youth to be World Class Workforce’, Tune Talk executive officer Jason Lo on ‘Rock and Roll is the Way Forward’, and Chatime chief executive officer Bryan Loo on ‘Entrepreneurship is Calling!’, from 9am onwards.

Len Talif also added that the SYF hopes to attract more Chinese youths after acknowledging only a handful of them participated in past events organised by Tegas.

“As a matter of fact, Tegas encompasses all races in Sarawak in terms of education and social work. Maybe it is because of the ‘Bumiputera’ in Tegas which is why the Chinese youths shy away from our programmes.

“I would also like to call upon youths in the state to not be missed by the word ‘Bumiputera’ in Tegas as the programmes that we have organised are inclusive for all races envisioned by the chief minister,” Len Talif added.

The inaugural SYF is a continuation of past forums organised by Tegas in Kuching, Miri and Mukah last year involving participation of more than 9, 000 youths.

Exhibition booths, games conducted by Hitz FM radio announcers and cruisers, live performances from winners of Tegas’ ‘Youth Got Skills 2016’ Kuching City Breakers, Loka Project and Swaiv are also on the sidelines.

On another matter, Len Talif said that there are around 40,000 SPM school leavers in the state annually, a segment of the state’s population vital to be nurtured.

“The annual number of school leavers is a big number as compared to the state’s population of almost 2.8 million.

“We need to address them through programmes such as education, social work, and volunteerism otherwise it will be a counterproductive asset to our state and cause social issues if we do not address it early,” Len Talif added.

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