KOTA KINABALU – Youth in Sabah should be volunteers in the Associations of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) when it hosts the 26th ASEAN summit this year, Director of the International Youth Centre (IYC), Azura Abidin said.
She also emphasised that youth stand to gain knowledge and acquire information on ASEAN’s role and function to the society.
“Based on a survey, there are 56 % of the society in Malaysia who still do not know what ASEAN means and why it’s established,” she added.
Youth plays a vital role in developing ASEAN she shared.
“Around 60% of ASEAN population today comprises of those under 35 years old and they are the driving force to shape our future. In tandem with the aspiration of people-oriented ASEAN, youth of ASEAN represents one ASEAN’s greatest assets and one of the most important groups in ASEAN that will help ASEAN,” she said by referring to the survey.
My Corps (Rakan Muda) is also involved with ASEAN programme she said adding that youth are free to join My Corps if they wanted to volunteer for the ASEAN Summit this year.
She said this when giving a talk during Publicity and Public Diplomacy programme that was held by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) at Lecture Hall 2 in UMS, today. – By Saila Saidie/Sayangsabah