KUALA LUMPUR - The aspirations of Malaysian youths for the country’s future into 2050 are now officially with the Prime Minister.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin handed over the 2050 National Transformation (TN50) Youth Canvas Report – containing a compilation of refined aspirations for the next phase of the country’s development – to Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak before a gathering here last night.
It was the culmination of a year-long national discourse which kicked off on Jan 19 last year when the ministry went on a nationwide engagement with youths of various backgrounds.
Najib described the young as the country’s most important asset, reiterating that TN50 was aimed specifically at them.
“It all starts with a dream. Martin Luther King Jr (US civil rights movement leader) said ‘I have a dream’.
"We Malaysians have a dream and TN50 is our dream,” he declared in his speech at the handover of the TN50 Youth Canvas Report at the Malaysia International Trade Exhibition Centre (Mitec).
Najib said it was the Government’s responsibility to ensure the country remained strong “for the baton to be passed on to the next generation”.
“We should not only think of the dollar sign in chasing development.
“The younger generation wants sustainable development and this is a very clear message to all of us today,” he said.
The Prime Minister praised Khairy for what he said was a job well done, adding that aspirations from other key components such as women and entrepreneurs would also be combined to make TN50 a national movement.
He also announced that Saudi Arabian oil company Saudi Aramco had agreed to invest US$7bil (RM27.45bil) in Malaysia in a deal sealed by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan.
Khairy described the handover of the TN50 report as a significant point for the country, adding that for the next 30 years, national policies would take into account the opinions of youths as compiled in the document.
“The TN50 Youth Canvas will be the vital base document to contribute input for the formulation of policies and the Government’s priorities beginning this year.
“It will be updated every few years to ensure it remains relevant with ongoing development,” he added.
The ministry held 135 dialogue sessions engaging almost two million youths, compiling over 60,000 distinct aspirations.
The aspirations were then translated into several main chapters, which outlined common areas and themes such as a united society in diversity, a nation which maintained culture and customs and equality applied to all.
During the handover, Khairy also shared the six main themes that were identified through every topic in the canvas namely global, equitable, sustainable, united, accountable and compassionate.
The TN50 Youth Canvas Report can be viewed online at mytn50.com/youthcanvas/.