Public funds for youth development are not fully utilized

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All the members of the assembly did NOT fully utilize the allocation for the Penggerak Belia Selangor (PeBS) team in their constituency, although each constituency received an allocation of RM20,000 this year.

“The state government has approved an allocation of RM 2.836 million for PeBS in 2021,” said Mohd Khairuddin Othman, chair of the Selangor Youth Generation, Sports and Human Capital Development Committee.

“The performance of a PeBS team is evaluated across various aspects, including program implementation.

“But the number of programs organized by each constituency has been very varied.”

He listed the number of programs run by the respective constituency’s PeBS this year, with Kinrara ranking the highest with 15, followed by Balakong (13) and Bandar Utama (11).

There were also constituencies that had only one program so far, such as Rawang, Gombak Setia, Taman Medan and Kota Kemuning, while Sungai Burong and Jeram had no program, he revealed. .

“As not all constituencies have fully utilized their allocation for this year, there are no plans to increase funds at this time.

“We want to make sure that what’s allocated is fully used first,” he said in response to questions from Azmizam Zaman Huri (PH-Pelabuhan Klang) about the allocation and performance of PeBS.

“It is up to the respective assembly members to know whether or not they are satisfied with the performance of PeBS. If they are not satisfied, the Assembly member can have the PeBS members replaced (as the candidates are nominated by the Assembly members themselves), ”explained Mohd Khairuddin.

Datuk Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi (PN-Sijangkang) observed that based on his previous experience, some PeBS teams did not have a close working relationship with their assembly members and asked for possible reasons.

“One of the reasons for the poor performance of the previous year was due to the order of movement control,” said Mohd Khairuddin.

“But some of the PeBS team were not close to their assembly members, as the members were appointed under the local councilor system before PeBS was renamed and restructured.

“Now that the members of the PeBS team are nominated by the members of the Assembly themselves, I hope that the two parties will support each other and organize programs for the benefit of the young people in their constituencies,” he said. he said, adding that changing PeBS’s candidates was possible but should be seen as a last resort. appeal.

Elizabeth Wong (PH-Bukit Lanjan) then called for the approval process for PeBS programs to be streamlined, either by the exco office or by the Selangor State Sports Council (MSN Selangor).

“For example, PeBS Bukti Lanjan submitted an application to host a weightlifting and basketball program in early October, but until today, they have yet to receive feedback on the approval of the program.

“So I hope that the PeBS secretariat will be more transparent on the issue and facilitate the application process,” she said.

Taking note of the matter, Mohd Khairuddin said he would forward the comments to MSN Selangor and raise them at a subsequent meeting of the Selangor State Executive Council.

“As an interim measure, I suggest that the Assembly member’s allowance be used first; MSN Selangor will reimburse the funds later, ”he said.

“PeBS teams are also encouraged to diversify their youth programs, as many tend to focus on sport but neglect other aspects such as leadership and community,” he added.

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