Malaysian govt to set up special city to offer jobs and housing for youth

Malaysian govt to set up special city to offer jobs and housing for youth
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IPOH - The Government will set up a "Youth City" in Tanjung Malim, especially for Generation Y.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said plans were afoot to create the city that would offer job opportunities, recreational facilities and affordable housing projects.

He said the Government wanted to do what was best for the youngsters.

"I don't agree, and cannot accept that Generation Y is anti-establishment because they have the potential to grow.

"We must harness their potential. It is important to create such a platform for them to ensure a better Malaysia," Najib said after launching the Silver Youth Fest 2015 in Taman D.R. Seenivasagam here yesterday.

Generation Y has been defined as those born in the 1980s and 1990s.

Earlier, Najib participated in a 1km cycling event that was flagged off by his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is the president of the Welfare Association of Wives of Ministers and Deputy Ministers (Bakti).

"We must understand the energy and dynamism of this generation and not only recognise their qualities, but also create a path for them to be productive," Najib said.

"The conventional approach cannot be used as it will not be accepted by Generation Y.

"We cannot be 'talking down to the youths', as they will not agree with our views and advice.

"Instead, we need to blend with their appropriate ways of thinking."

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