Survey shows Sarawak youths happy with state govt, says minister

Sarawak Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah (third from right) after chairing the Sarawak youth development committee meeting in Kuching today.

KUCHING: A Sarawak minister says a recent survey conducted by the Institute for Youth Research Malaysia (IYRES) had shown that youths in the state were happy with the state government.

State Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said the survey involved more than 13,000 youths.

He said the survey, which took about a year, had covered all 40 districts, including urban and rural areas in the state, focusing on youths aged between 15 to 30.

Sarawak, he said, is the third state to conduct the survey after Sabah and Johor.

Karim said the youths in Sarawak were found to be passionate in safeguarding the state’s rights.

“That’s why we are putting stress on the state’s wealth, which we feel has not been equitably rewarded (by the federal government),” he said after chairing the Sarawak youth development committee meeting here today.

He said the survey was mainly for the state government to find out about the youths’ desires, aspirations and hopes.

“The whole idea for the survey was for the state government to improve the current youth policies and hold suitable programmes or activities for them in the state,” he said.

He said he would bring up the findings to the state Cabinet before the rest of the findings could be disclosed.