Issues on education, economy, government administration, development and identity of the people were among topics which dominated the 2050 National Transformation (TN50) Premier Dialogue between Prime Minister Najib Razak and youths last night.
The dialogue, which was moderated by Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, took place at Universiti Malaya and saw the participation of 500 youth representatives.
On the topic of government administration and improvements in public service, was raised by Wan Abdul Hadi Wan Muhammad Shafie who has served in Koperasi Profesional Putrajaya Bhd (Koprojaya) for the past 12 years.
Wan Abdul Hadi felt that young officers should be given the opportunity to serve at a higher level to spur TN50 which agreed by Najib.
“I am impressed with the commitment of young civil servants to make the public service the best in the world. We can provide fast-lane for officers who show a high work culture and ethics.
“Appointments are not necessarily based on seniority. Young people can play a greater role in the country’s administration,” said Najib.
In terms of education, Najib said the youths expect the syllabus to be more oriented towards creativity and more flexible.
“Malaysia needs an education system that can prepare today’s generation for jobs of the future.
“Our education system must focus on creativity, and creative thinking,” he said since Malaysia needs quality and world-class education.”
On identity, Najib said it was a challenging issue and should be enhanced among the people.
Commenting on the social safety net, medical and personal wealth, he said the government would find a solution to the issue.
Meanwhile, a private university student, Kiirtaara Aravindhan, 23, said Najib’s openness in an interacting face to face and hearing the youths’ aspirations inspired more of them to share their thoughts on TN50.
“Today proved our Prime Minister is a good listener. I believe my peers will not feel awkward to share our aspirations through the right platform after this,” he told Bernama.
Another participant, Public Affairs Consultant Adam Reza, 25, said the townhall format using a two-pronged approach is more inclusive.
“Normally the leader’s programme involved a one-way communication and this time I am sure our aspirations are delivered,” said Adam.
An Orang Asli participant, Anim Nahurul Hida Khee King Huat, 22, said the dialogue participated by Najib managed to prove that the young generations are shaping the country’s future.
The premier dialogue was held concurrently with the launch of TN50 engineered by Najib is a futuristic policy to map the country’s direction for 30 years after 2020.