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Yahya hopes associations will woo youths into agri

Published on: Saturday, March 22, 2014

Kota Kinabalu: Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin hopes more youths will be involved in the agriculture industry with the support of the Sabah Borneo Motoring Association (Permos) and the newly-formed Sabah Entrepreneurship and Industrial Association (PKPS).

He said the two associations have contributed towards youth development in the State in many aspects, including entrepreneurship, fostering unity and generating law-abiding communities.

"After being briefed about Permos' activities since 2012 and the future plans of the newly-formed PKPS, I believe they can promote agriculture among youths through their programmes and activities.

"Permos, through 16 programmes that they have held so far, has attracted over 8,000 members and I think this is a very healthy figure and we can benefit from this," he said.

Yahya, who is also the Agriculture and Food Industries Minister, said this during a joint courtesy visit by Permos and the newly-formed PKPS at his Ministry, here, Friday.

"The problem is that youths nowadays are not into agriculture because they are not interested in laborious jobs and the dilemma is that we don't want foreigners, especially illegal immigrants, to take up these opportunities.

"I would like to congratulate Permos and its committee for doing what they do and I can truly see that our youths can greatly benefit from this association.

"Permos can also expect my support and help in their future programmes and activities wherever I can because I am attracted to their cause," Yahya added.

According to Permos and PKPS Patron, Datuk Seri Marajoh Unding, the courtesy visit was mainly to brief the Minister on the progress of Permos and its programmes as well as to introduce the newly-formed PKPS.

"I am very glad that the Minister took time to be briefed about our two associations and I am very glad that he has agreed to support our cause," said Marajoh.

Also present during the visit was Permos and PKPS President Datuk Fadli Fathullah and Secretary Datin Sherilyn Mt Aidala.

Currently, Permos has 8,000 registered members and has held 16 awareness programmes, seminars, convoys and auto shows since 2012 to promote road safety and law obedience, unity and integrity among youths.

PKPS is a newly-formed association with about 50 members and is aimed at supporting young entrepreneurs to boost their businesses.