In The News: Penang Youth Council gets RM150,000

http://thestar.com.my/metro/story.asp?file=/2009/2/18/north/3282657&sec=north

Wednesday February 18, 2009

THE Penang Youth Council has received a RM150,000 allocation from the state government to support its activities for the year.

State Youth, Sports, Women, Family and Community Develop-ment Committee chairman Lydia Ong Kok Fooi said the state go- vernment had not reduced the amount.

“It is the state’s aim to continue to be partners with youth organisations under the Penang Youth Council umbrella.

“I hope it will reach out to all youths in Penang,” she said in her speech before presenting the allocation to the council president Mohamed Maliki Mohamed Rapiee at her Komtar office on Monday.

Maliki said the money would be shared among all the organisa- tions, with five district level bodies getting RM600 each and the state level bodies receiving RM1,000 each.

He also said the council build- ing would be completed the middle of this year.

“The building, located next to the Caring Society Complex, will house our administration office and serve as a one-stop centre for our acti-vities and training programmes,” he said.

The council’s present premises is at Macalister Road. In 2004, it was asked by the Penang Municipal Council to move out as the local authority had plans to convert the building into a library.

Maliki also forwarded the council’s concerns over youths who risked losing their factory jobs due to the economic slowdown.

“We appeal to the state to protect our youths. If they lose their jobs and get frustrated, we fear the situation would push them into getting involved in social ills,” he said.

At the press conference, Ong also announced the appointment of the council’s former president Datuk Tan Gim Soon as a member of her state Youth and Sports Committee.

“He is a veteran and much res-pected figure in the council,” she said.

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