YOUTH PARLIAMENT: A platform to train country’s future leaders
KUALA LUMPUR: AFTER commanding a "landslide victory" in the Seri Kembangan constituency, Ahmad Yakqub Nazri was appointed as the first "prime minister".
The 30-year-old's appointment was part of Tuesday's trial run of the Youth Parliament (PBM) at the Palace of the Golden Horses here.
Ahmad Yakqub from Penang, who represented the National Youth Council (MBM) was elected as per the real parliamentary democratic rites.
The trial event was attended by 200 participants from various public institutions of higher learning as well as student body and alumni associations from throughout the country.
The trial proceedings was held to gauge responses from youths prior to the setting up of a real PBM next year.
The programme is part of the government's transformation initiative under the Youth Development Transformation Lab which took place between Nov 1 and Dec 10, 2010.
The execution of PBM was aimed at training and educating a new generation of high-calibre leaders, in line with the country's vision to witness the increased and active participation of youths in nation- building events.
The objectives of PBM include; to increase knowledge and leadership learnedness among the Generation Y or Gen-Y to ensure the survival of the nation's frontline leadership as well as to provide an avenue for them to gain the necessary practical experience on the lawmaking process.
PBM is also aimed at strengthening youths' understanding of the country's administration system as well as to make PBM as a reference point on youth trends to the government.
It is similar to Youth Parliaments in developed nations such as Australia, Britain, New Zealand and the European countries.
The arrangements and procedures involved in the Youth Parliament follows that of the Dewan Rakyat.
Currently, PBM membership stands at 222 and they come from the various parliamentary constituencies in the country.
Several mandatory criteria for PBM members to become youth parliamentarians include being a Malaysian citizen, aged between 18 and 30 years, possess leadership traits and qualities and is actively involved in community programmes.
Members must also not have any previous conviction for criminal activities and must not be a bankrupt.
They must also have a minimum of 50 youth supporters from the constituency which they intend to represent. PBM commences its sitting twice a year and the sitting goes on for three days and two nights.