MIRI - Sarawak's younger generation, especially those in urban areas, are getting more demanding and critical - a phenomenon that will have far-reaching political and social implications, says Senior Minister Datuk Seri Wong Soon Koh.
Wong, who is state Second Finance Minister and also state Minister for Local Government and Community Development, said government leaders in Sarawak can expect a trend of "increasing unhappiness" among the youngsters.
Speaking at the opening of a seminar on vibrant cities and towns here yesterday, Wong said young Sarawakians were casting a critical eye on everyday issues.
"That includes government policies and decisions.
"These are new sensitivities that we, state leaders, are now facing," said Wong.
"While it is good to see our young people more critical in their thinking, we need to also see how to deal with their unhappiness.
"How do we organise them?
"We need to accommodate their views and look into their grouses.
"The social and political landscape in Sarawak is changing very fast and the Government needs to be in tune with these changing trends."
Wong, who is also president of the newly-formed United People's Party (UPP), said there was a need to have a new direction for social transformation to accommodate younger Sarawakians' needs.
He said the rural-to-urban migration was gaining momentum each year, bringing along with it new challenges.
The seminar was organised by the state Ministry of Local Government and Community Development.