16 April 2008

Generasi Muda Kurang Patriotik?

Ministry: Youths now less patriotic
BACHOK: Youths are getting less patriotic and this can have serious consequences on nation-building, according to a recent government study.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaakob said this revelation had forced the ministry to re-look its policy on how to engage youths.
He said there was also loss of support among youths on public policies, brought on by the inability to reach out to the IT-savvy young users who now advocate a blogging lifestyle.
“We need to adapt to the changing needs and lifestyle in the country. For starters, we need to re-instil patriotism in youths, regardless of ethnicity or religious backgrounds,” he said during his inaugural working visit here on Sunday.
Earlier, he held dialogues with youth department officers and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) at the youth skills institute here.
Ismail said the ministry would now be result-orientated, with the goal of restoring confidence among the young in the Government.
Among other things, the ministry would upload its blog site and channel funds directly to all youth associations including youth-based NGOs.
Character-building programmes that instilled patriotism were also needed to shore up support from youths, Ismail said.
He added that the Rakan Muda programme would also be revamped.
To this end, the ministry would also soon launch the Rakan Cyber programme to interact with youths online, he said.

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