Creative self-expression can help boost youth development


Abdul Karim (standing – second row from front, third from right) joins others for a group photo with Kuching’s Got Talent 2022 finalists. Also seen in the same row are Hii (left) and Wee (third from left). — Photo by Roystein Emmor

KUCHING (August 15): Creative self-expression among a society’s youth is extremely important for Malaysia to progress as a developing nation, said the Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry and the Arts of show, Dato Sri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah.

According to him, the performing arts encourage young people to explore their emotions and develop their imagination, and also help them develop their own character and cognitive skills.

All performing arts disciplines, whether music, dance or other forms of expression, can engage the brain, body and emotions in different ways, he said. underline.

“Young people are not only the future of our country; they are one of the main agents of change and progress in society. Therefore, our government attaches great importance to the development of young people.

“Positive youth development programs build young people’s sense of identity, belief in the future, self-regulation and self-efficacy, as well as their social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral skills. All of this is critical to ensuring that we nurture the future leaders of our community, society and nation,” he said while judging Kuching’s Got Talent 2022 final on Sunday night.

Abdul Karim, who is also the state minister for youth, sports and entrepreneur development, said Kuching South City Council (MBKS) has taken up the challenge of promoting creative performing arts to young people in Kuching by organizing a talent development program such as Kuching’s Got Talent – all in the spirit of wanting to harness the potential of young people for the benefit of the community.

He noted that the talent search program had received an overwhelming response from many young Kuchingites, which he considered “a good indication of young people’s appreciation and interest in the creative and performing arts. “.

“That is why the state government is developing our Performing Arts Center in the former State Legislative Assembly (DUN) building in Petra Jaya. Once completed, talented Sarawakians can showcase their skills to the public,” he added.

Abdul Karim also expressed his hope that the interest and enthusiasm for the arts among young people that accumulated while they were still in school or in any institution of higher learning, would continue until the adulthood.

“We must continue to cultivate that interest in them and provide opportunities for those with the talent and passion to excel in any branch of the creative performing arts,” he added.

This year’s edition of Kuching’s Got Talent had four categories: ‘Singing’ for the 12-and-under and 13-and-over age groups, as well as ‘Dancing’ and ‘Other Talent’.

More than 200 participants came to audition this time, the youngest at 7 and the oldest at 81.

South Kuching Mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng and Permanent Secretary of Abdul Karim Ministry Hii Chang Kee also attended.


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