Reshuffle of youth group leaders on the cards

Comprehensive reshuffling plans are still in the works and will be presented this year, says minister

By NUR HAZIQAH A MALEK / Pic By BERNAMA

The government will make changes to the leadership of youth associations — especially leaders who had exceeded a certain age group, said Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (picture).

The youth and sports minister said the new appointments would also be free of political affiliations.

“Regardless of how they were appointed, it is imperative that they fall under the youth age group, which I am aiming to cap between 30 and 35,” he said at the Malaysia Social Media Week 2018 Summit in Kuala Lumpur yesterday.

He said the comprehensive reshuffling plans are still in the works and will be presented this year.

Syed Saddiq said the initiatives would include supporting social media users to generate an income from the platforms.

“We have initiatives to support the youth who are leveraging on social media as part of their business medium, whether it be full-time or parttime,” said the country’s youngest minister.

He said a graduate with no social media skills would be considered outdated in today’s rapid urbanisation and technology growth.

“Social media is an influent ial medium today — whereby it can be used to listen, to speak and criticise.

This is where voices gather, and the government must be open to utilising it as a democratic space for them to find the voice and demands of the rakyat,” he said.

Syed Saddiq said he wants to see more politically involved and active students and youth who use social media as their starting point.

“Compared to the US, where seeing ministers and leaders at the age of 22 to 25 is common, it’s much less so here.

“They just need to know the strength they have in numbers and intellect, in order to do the impossible,” he said.

One of the reasons behind Pakatan Harapan’s 14th General Election (GE14) victory is the effective use of social media platforms.

Bulb Communique social media analyst Syed Khalid said most of the reactions on content regarding Prime Minister (PM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad are sadness and sympathy, while former PM Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak garnered angry reactions.

“This is the key to Pakatan Harapan’s victory in GE14 after having analysed most of the reactions, disregarding the fact that the former PM had higher followings,” he said.

The Malaysia Social Media Week 2018 was launched yesterday as a three-day event which features speakers and workshops. It is organised by the Social Media Chambers.