Barisan has plans for youths

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PUTRAJAYA: A chapter on youths in the Barisan Nasional’s manifesto for the general election will outline programmes to help them achieve their hopes, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.The Prime Minister said today’s government was one that strove for the country’s future and the people.“That is why Barisan’s manifesto for the elections will have a specific chapter dedicated to young Malaysians,” he told a group of university students during a get-together organised by Bakti here yesterday.The chapter, he said, would spell out programmes and policies tailored to meet their needs and help them meet their aspirations as well as prepare them to face challenges.“A responsible government is not just about leading the country today.

It is also about charting the path for the future generation. We have a plan for you in the election manifesto.“But don’t ask me when the GE is. Just wait, it’s not too long from now,” he said.Despite having a raspy voice due to his heavy speaking engagements over the past week, Najib talked at length about the Government’s efforts to secure the country’s future.“This is not a lullaby. We have big plans for Malaysia and for all of you,” he said, listing the projects undertaken, including the MRT, High Speed Rail, the East Coast Rail Link, Pan Borneo Highway and the logistics centre at Bukit Kayu Hitam.“All this proves that Malaysia is not a failed state. On the contrary, she is one of the best success stories. “And with her multi culture, race, religion, her delicious food and many public holidays, there is nowhere I would rather be but in this country,” he said.

Najib also advised the students to have a global mindset and yet be rooted to their culture and religion at the same time. To achieve success, he said they need to be open-minded and not have a narrow mentality or outlook. “But don’t forget the teachings of your religion and culture because those will keep us rooted and not stray from our values,” he said. Sharing his experience as a student, Najib said he was “exiled” to Britain at the age of 13 because his late father Tun Razak Hussein, the country’s second Prime Minister, did not want people to spoil him at school. “It was my first time overseas and it was winter. It was snowing outside. Imagine my feelings then, being away from my family. “But I guess that was what made me stronger and resilient. I was never spoiled. Life wasn’t easy but I made the best of it,” he said.-BERNAMA

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