KOTA KINABALU: More than 300 youths from ASEAN countries and Japan on board the Nippon Maru ship bade goodbye to Sabah after being in the state for the past four days.
Youth and Sports Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Jamil Salleh expressed hope the experiences they gained from various activities they participated here would be shared with their families and friends back home.
“We hope your stay here was a memorable one and that all of you share the knowledge and experience with your relatives, family and friends upon your return home,” he said at the farewell ceremony of the Southeast Asian and
Japanese Youth Programme (SSEAYP) at Kota Kinabalu Port here today.
Jamil said the various programmes the youths took part in, such as institutional visits, homestays and interactions with other young people, could help enhance their leadership skills.
“The world that we have today poses so many obstacles and challenges. In order for us to survive and prosper, we need to have strong minds and hearts,” Jamil said.
The annual SSEAYP, which has now made 42 international voyages since 1974, was sponsored by the Cabinet Office of Japan and supported by the 10 ASEAN member countries.- BERNAMA