PUTRAJAYA - Follow your dreams but stay away from extreme goals such as being suicide bombers and getting into trouble for believing information in the social media, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak advised young Malaysians.
The Prime Minister said a misunderstanding over religion could lead to extreme acts by the young.
"For example, we do not want to see those from the Y generation (those born in the 1980s to the early 2000s), misunderstand the meaning of religion and become willing to turn suicide bombers," he said.
Rather, he added, it would be more apt for the nation to have youths who had the will to live and fight to be better members of society.
He also cautioned youths not to be easily swayed by information on the social media and to use their wisdom to filter the truth and accuracy of its content.
"If there is one single message that I want to put forward to the youths, it is to be pro-active and follow your dreams," he said when opening the GeNexter Carnival 2014 in conjunction with the annual Bakti programme at Dataran Putrajaya yesterday.
Najib said they (the youths) would only succeed if they possessed the resolve and self belief to accomplish their goals, adding that the present generation - leaders, teachers and civil servants - should not break the spirit of the young people but support them in every manner to achieve their dreams and aspirations.
Najib said the positive economic growth, coupled with the Government's transformation programme, had helped keep the nation's unemployment rate at 3 per cent, compared to some European nations where unemployment was above 45 per cent.
While acknowledging that it was the responsibility of the nation's leaders to ensure racial peace and harmony, he said the young should also do their bit to foster better understanding.
"It is our responsibility as national and state leaders, including the Government as a whole, to ensure that peace and harmony always exists as a living reality in our multi-cultural and religious country," he said.
Earlier, Bakti president Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor reminded youths to refrain from pursuing short-term gains that sacrificed the nation's peace and harmony.
Some 30,000 youths gathered for the two-day event, which carried the theme "Championing Future Beneficiaries".