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Bukit Gasing assemblyman R. Rajiv (centre, second from top) winds up the debates at the Selangor Youth Assembly 2024 at the Selangor State Legislative Assembly building, Shah Alam, on May 28, 2024. — Picture by AHMAD ZAKKI JILAN/SELANGORKINI

Speaker praises quality of youth assembly, plans expansion to high schoolers 

By Sheeda Fathil

SHAH ALAM, May 29 — Selangor Speaker Lau Weng San has nothing but praise for the potential displayed by participants of the Selangor Young Assembly 2024 programme, particularly the quality of their debates. 

Lau said despite their age, the participants possess extensive knowledge on current issues and policies implemented by the state government.

“The overall quality of the debates was very high, and they were adept at presenting issues affecting the respective constituencies they represent. Moreover, they also had a deep understanding of state policies and programmes.

“We plan to continue this programme next year to identify even more potential future leaders,” he said at a press conference after the conclusion of the programme at the State Legislative Assembly building, here, yesterday. 

Lau said considering the quality, he plans to expand the programme to the secondary school level. 

“Perhaps we can collaborate with the state education department to conduct a Junior Youth Assembly. 

“This will provide the opportunity to secondary school students to experience what it’s like to be involved in debates in the state assembly.” 

The two-day Selangor Youth Assembly 2024, which ended yesterday, saw 56 youth participants representing their respective state constituencies and debating current issues in the state assembly. 

They were selected from a list of applicants comprising youths in Selangor who are Malaysian citizens aged 18 to 35 and who vote in their constituencies, regardless of political affiliations. 

The programme, which was introduced in 2013, is aimed at producing youth with critical thinking, particularly involving state government policies. 

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