KUALA LUMPUR: Youth empowerment is among the focus of the Youth and Sports Ministry in the 2023 Budget, set to be tabled on Feb 24, in line with the implementation of the Undi18 policy.
Its minister, Hannah Yeoh, said the ministry planned to implement programmes to improve political literacy among the youth following the increase in the number of new voters in the 15th General Election.
"We need to have programmes to ensure that when these youths go out to vote, they know the difference between members of parliament and state assemblymen.
"This is all about education, and we need to provide that knowledge to the youth," she told reporters after launching the "Gotong Royong Perdana" programme at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail Educational Institution Quarters here today.
On the rising cost of living, especially in urban areas, she said the ministry would also focus on organising programmes to equip youths with skills that can generate additional income or provide a career option.
Yeoh said one of the workshops organised through the Skills For Life programme under the ministry was grooming workshops, adding that it will be expanded to other technical skills, such as air-conditioning installation.
She said the ministry also planned to organise swimming classes for those in the B40 group as the Health Ministry's data showed that nearly 500 deaths due to drowning were recorded among children.
"The Youth and Sports Ministry has the facilities, so we need to assist the B40 group in learning this skill. If we don't utilise the facilities for those in need, the country will end up on the losing end because children are our country's assets."
The Segambut member of parliament said she had allocated RM10,000 for recreational and other programmes to be implemented by the Taman Tun Dr Ismail Educational Institution Quarters.
Yeoh, who also officiated the opening of the playground at the teachers' quarters, said the initiative was a follow-up to her previous checks, which found that there was no recreational space for children there.
"The welfare of the teachers' families must be taken care of before they can go out to teach and educate other children." - Bernama