Minister of Home Affairs Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr.) Haji Awang Abu Bakar Haji Apong (C) listening to the briefing at the opening of the workshop. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

Minister of Home Affairs has reiterated his call for more youth involvement in running grassroots institutions, as they are likely to stimulate robust improvements on the grassroots economy and welfare management.

At the opening of a two-day leadership workshop for grassroots leaders recently, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Kerna Dato Seri Setia (Dr.) Haji Awang Abu Bakar Haji Apong said youths have proven themselves capable of managing their respective Mukim and Village Consultative Councils (MPMs and MPKs).

“We have seen how their involvements have directly changed the face of their (respective councils), particularly in stimulating more welfare and economy-related activities,” he said.

Among those joining the workshop. Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

“With youths making up to more than 60 percent of the sultanate’s demography today, it is now important for us to ensure they are actively involved in activities related to managing the grassroots community,”

“We need to explore the best approaches we can use to attract more youth involvements in fostering council activities and developments,” the minister added.

Additionally, the minister also urged grassroots leaders to give serious attention to the changing economic landscape and consumer preference and adjust their One Village One Product (OVOP) initiatives accordingly for market relevance.

Speaking on the workshop, the minister hoped that the programmes and activities arranged can teach grassroots leaders the necessary skills to run their community councils well.

“The two-day workshop will teach participants the importance of leadership and the necessary skills to run their councils not only as an individual but also as a (team player),” the minister said.

The two-day workshop was held at the Civil Service Institute (IPA). Image: Waqiuddin Rajak

“It is also important for Penghulus and village heads to keep learning and acquiring new skills, as they will be faced with various challenges that need to be handled carefully and wisely,”

“I also hoped for participants to share what they learned with other grassroots leaders once they completed this workshop,” the minister said.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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