KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 22 – Youths attending the National Undergraduates Leadership Conference (Pemanas) 2014 want more Cabinet ministers to join the casual session. The 240 local and foreign students also received input from Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek via the slot ‘Membina Komunikasi, Mencorak Persepsi’ for four hours in a casual manner.
Most students met by Bernama after the conference wanted more such sessions to help them understand issues and close the gap between youths and the leaders. Hairul Hakim Abu Bakar, 23, from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UITM) said the session with Ahmad Shabery will remain long in his memory. “I never had such an enjoyable session conducted by a minister. The message was delivered in a language for youths. I hope more mniisters will follow suit.” Aervina Misron, 21, from Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) was impressed by Ahmad Shabery who used musical instruments to explain racial harmony.
“We were divided into groups and told to play a song using recorders and it proved to be effective.” Another UTM student, Nur Syahira Mohammad Shah, 19, said ministers and community leaders should make concerted efforts to get closer to youths. “Conduct sessions with the youths by acting as motivators instead of ministers. This will raise our spirit,” she added. President of Umno Club, University of New South Wales, Australia, Mohd Sallehuddin Mahdzir, 22, said more ministers should conduct such sessions so that youths can understand issues.
Mohammad Nor Sakhawi Mohd Subri, 22, from University of East London described Ahmad Shabery as a transparent and friendly minister. Mohd Nor Asyraf Azhar, 25, from University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France, praised Ahmad Shabery for being an approachable leader. “I really like him. He is versatile, friendly and easy to hang out with,” he added.