Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said the Government has increased allocations for the Youth and Sports Ministry from RM10 million annually to almost RM100 million to acknowledge the aspirations and needs of youths who represent about 41 per cent of the State's population.
"I urge youths to support and work together with the government and ensure success of the various development programmes and activities implemented by the government for the people," he said, when launching the State-level Youth Day celebration at the Ranau Sports Complex.
Also present were Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Yahya Hussin, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Ewon Ebin, Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun , Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Tawfiq Abu Bakar Titingan, State Police Commissioner Datuk Hamza Taib and Sabah Youth Council President Kevin Lim among others.
Musa also reminded youths to stay away from irresponsible parties out to weaken the country.
"We want the people to live in peace without having to feel fearful and this is what the government and parents hope for," he said.
He also officiated the Ranau Sports Complex which began construction in 2007 in three phases at the cost of RM37 million. Among the highlights of the event was the award presentation to individuals and associations which had contributed to youth development and society through entrepreneurship, volunteer works and journalism.
The recipient for Anugerah Belia Cemerlang went to Hajismail Abdul Gapur, Anugerah Perdana Belia Lelaki Iranmal Haji Kasan, Anugerah Perdana Belia Wanita Siti Salmiah Bte Jesni, Anugerah Perdana Pertubuhan Belia Persatuan Belia Felda Sahabat 02 and Anugerah Belia Niaga Emas Mohammad Sidiq Bin Haji Musa.
Anugerah Kewartawanan Bahasa Inggeris went to Daily Express Reporter Sherell Ann Jeffrey, Anugerah Kewartawanan Bahasa Melayu to Utusan Borneo's Norwahida Yamaluddin and Anugerah Kewartawanan Bahasa Cina to See Hua Daily News' Jong Khiam Zhung.