Youth to tell govt what they wantPosted: April 13, 2008
In an article in the Star Online, Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaacob said that the ministry will be distributing questionnaires to the youth to get feedback on the kinds of programmes that they want the government to carry out, and they feel will benefit them most.
Tell Government what you want, Ismail urges youth
KUANTAN: The Youth and Sports Ministry will embark on a study to get feedback from youths about the Government and the kind of programmes they prefer.
Minister Datuk Ismail Sabri Yaacob said the ministry wanted honest opinions and answers from youths, to improve government policies and programmes.
“We will distribute questionnaires at all districts nationwide and the officials involved will try to get at least 100 respondents.
“By getting real and honest opinion from youths at the grassroots level, we hope to make changes in policies and programmes in line with their actual needs,” he added.
Full article here.
This seems to be a move in the right direction. Goes to show that the BN actually might have some people who are thinking properly.
But it’s a tad odd, because Datuk Ismail seems to be only expecting around 100 responses? That’s not even near enough to get the kind of response and feedback from the youth to know what it is that they really want.
Just a thought, perhaps Ismail can print out hundreds of thousands of these questionnaires, and just have them sent to schools all over Malaysia. That way, they know that the questionnaires are really answered by the students and youth of the country, and not just made up by any of the officials. And by doing it this way, it also ensures that the ministry would be getting a whole lot more responses and feedback from the youth.
When I was still in secondary school, never was there any questionnaire that asked us about what we felt would be to our best interest, that we think the government might implement. But if now, the Ministry recognises the importance of what the youth today want, then they should get serious about it, and not just carry out a slipshod attempt into finding out what it is that youth really want.
I’m sure that today, youngsters are a lot more concerned about this country, and more often than not, they actually have a lot of fresh and good ideas, ones that I feel the government should be let in to.
I applaud Ismail for this step, but I hope that this step can be taken further, and developed further to ensure that they get the best feedback they can possibly get.
And of course, when they do get the results, let’s hope that they don’t take them for granted. Implementation is as important a step as this initiative.
As they say, put your best foot forward, but don’t drag the other one.