Wanted: Views from young people for the future

Jan 15, 2017

Khairy Jamaluddin

The input of about 1.5 million young people nationwide will be used to formulate a policy document to chart Malaysia’s direction for the next three decades from 2020, reported The Star Online.

They will be asked to “define the Malaysia they want to see in the year 2050” as part of the 2050 National Transformation (TN50) discourse that will be launched by Prime Minister Najib Razak.

The news portal said Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin, at a recent media briefing said it would be about listening to the younger generation.

“We will also get negative and critical views, but we will accept them all,” he was quoted as saying.

He added that TN50’s overall target was to change Malaysia into a Top 20 country globally by 2050 by using several ge­neral well-being and economic indicators.

Among the views that will be sought from the youth are “what Malaysia ought to do to prepare for a future economy, what changes are needed for schools and universities to get Malaysians ready for future jobs and how they define their national identity”.

Feeback will be obtained through sessions like town hall and online meetings throughout this year and will compiled together with that of other groups like women and the private sector.

The final result, the TN50 policy document, will be unveiled by Najib between late 2018 and early 2019.

Khairy added that the policy document would set “more specific targets for Malaysia to reach by 2050 and serve as a guide for all government policies and spending” adding that it would serve as an extension of Vision 2020.