Najib tells youths to be moderate

Najib tells youths to be moderate

PUTRAJAYA - Youths have been urged to stay away from extremist teachings that will do the country harm.

In his speech at the launch of the National Youth Day celebrations, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said youths should instead embrace moderation.

"This approach is comprehensive and integrated - as an example, the practice of Islamic teachings in a balanced and holistic way in all aspects of life," said Najib before he expounded on the 6K concept to a gathering of more than 500 youths at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre yesterday.

Apart from moderation (kesederhanaan), other qualities mentioned by Najib were knowledge and skills (keilmuan dan kemahiran), entrepreneurship (keusahawanan), volunteerism (kesukarelawan), love for the nation (kecintaan kepada negara), and spirituality (kerohanian).

Under knowledge and skills, he called on youths to build their intellectual capital by adopting innovative and creative ideas, citing Japan and South Korea as examples of success.

"Having a spirit and culture of volunteerism are also important in driving the activities of an association and organisation leadership," Najib said before announcing an incentive of RM1.5 million (S$580,000) for the National Youth Council to coordinate the formation of an ASEAN Com­munity secretariat which is expected to bring together youth-oriented non-governmental organisations in the region by 2015.

Earlier, Najib said the Government had assisted hundreds of bumiputra-owned automotive businesses in the form of loans worth RM157mil from Perbadanan Usahawan Na­­sional Bhd (PUNB) as of last month.

Speaking at the launch of the PUNB Auto Forum 2014, he said another RM75mil had been allocated over the next five years to support bumiputra entrepreneurs in the automotive industry, particularly in the development of technology, human capital and supply chain.

Currently, more than 590 of such businesses involving 671 bumiputra entrepreneurs have been formed as a result of this initiative.

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