Let young professionals set national agenda too

Amerul Azry Abdul Aziz

Modified 1 Aug 2018, 5:41 am

LETTER | The idea of forming a special committee for every ministry should be positively welcomed as it could strongly form collaborative efforts between ministers and their deputies with other professionals from various fields.

The “New Malaysia” that we hope for is that a new visage country can be created that could be progressive in delivering solutions for national issues, especially ones that relate to the people's welfare.

The new cabinet ministers led by Dr Mahathir Mohamad should be regularly "checked and balanced" and that could be realised by forming a special committee for every ministry, where each of them calls on credible professionals that are relevant to ministries' scopes of work.

The appointment of this committee should be politically independent in terms of participation. It means that no political party member or parliamentarian should be made a member of this committee.

It is believed that the professionalism of the committee could be enhanced if every member is not politically motivated when discussing national issues that closely relate to the ministries they are tagged to.

From my perspective, about 5-6 members are sufficient for the formation of the committee, where two of them are young professionals in their fields.

These are the ones with more than three years of working experiences in their professions and, of course, between 28-35 years of age. Young voices are importantly needed in any collaboration, especially in the formation of these committees.

The involvement of young professionals, on the other hand, will also provide chances to those who are keen in the participation of orchestrating the national agenda.

Their involvement could also empower the ministries as these young professionals can bring in fresh yet unheard ideas garnered by their experience in various industries.

The synergies between young and senior professionals in the committee could re-engineer the nation's strengths in formulating developmental efforts in the long run.

Rebuilding Malaysia does not just happen by appointing newly elected politicians to be ministers. It can be a reality of brilliant minds when different fields are "mixed" in the same team in making a “New Malaysia” a meaningful reality.

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