First published by Justin Zack, The Star on 25 March 2016
KUALA LUMPUR: The younger generation should start being more active in effecting change and not back off when faced with challenges, said Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.
“You can change things, implement good governance if you have a group of like minded people. And that is what’s lacking in Malaysia today. Many people tend to back off when it comes to a challenge,” he said.
“I’ve been to a lot of countries. In those places where things are still difficult you have a lot of young people who feel very affected on what’s going on.
“And they devote a lot of their time and effort to affect change, in a meaningful way. But in Malaysia the young is seen to be fixated on social media. If you have any feelings about something, go out and do something about it.
“Get change. And not just talk change,” Nur Jazlan told young entrants to the National Unity Youth Fellowship 2016 programme organised by the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) in partnership with the Department of National Unity and Integration.
The progamme aimed to foster quality leadership among promising young Malaysians”. The 10 selected entrants are aged between 18 and 27 from all over the country.
On a lighter note, Nur Jazlan took note that IDEAS was partly funded by the International Republican Institute.
“The Republicans! The party that is putting up Donald Trump, the Ibrahim Ali of America, as their presidential nominee,” he jokingly said to a chorus of laughter.
“That is a country that preaches democracy to everyone. And yet they are people who prefer somebody who is a demagogue, racist and basically stupid I think,” he added.
Ibrahim is head of the right wing non-governmental organisation Perkasa.
See original article at : http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/03/25/nur-jazlan-to-youths-if-you-want-change-go-for-it/