Published on: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Apart from intending this message to a larger crowd in the State, he particularly urged Sabahan students to communicate with international students who have come to visit the country as part of the Interactive Event of High School Students which he officiated at the Kadazandusun Cultural Association (KDCA), here, Tuesday.
Tawfiq said that Sabahan youths should take this golden opportunity to get to know each other, and not just allow the conversation and smiles to end once they leave Malaysia, but to nurture those relationships which they have established and build lifelong connections.
Schools which took part in the event were Izumi High School (Japan), Dayuan International Senior High School (Taiwan), Sabah Tshung Tsin Secondary School and Maktab Nasional (Kota Kinabalu).
He urged youths to show the warmth of Sabahan hospitality and exchange cultural information with their guests from Japan and Taiwan.
However, he emphasised that the encounters should not only be brief, general or impersonal, and encouraged it to be extended to the point that a bond of friendship is made between two people.
"Keep in touch with the international students.""When you go back to your countries, remember that you have friends here.
We welcome you back with open arms anytime," said Tawfiq to the students and teachers from Taiwan and Japan.
Meanwhile, Tawfiq also indicated that the young population will determine the future of the world. "This is why we need to promote international peace and harmony."
He hoped that the project will have a long-lasting ripple effect and that it will remain a positive influence in the students' adult lives.
"According to a 2012 survey published in the Unesco website, the number of people below the age of 30 make up more than half of the world population.
"And according to the United Nations 2011 report the Asian region has the largest number of young people which is 754 million."
This noble project which has brought together youths of three different countries, demonstrates a few very significant points which includes the realisation that youths really do care and appreciate the environment, can contribute to conservation efforts, promote international peace and harmony and appreciation of cultural heritage.
In both youths and sports development, programmes organised or facilities provided by the Ministry always have the same objective which is to continue nurturing a positive mindset among youths.