JOHOR BARU: The younger generation are beneficiaries of the Johor government's current development policies, and they must embrace this fact now in order for them to effectively contribute to the state's progress.

Kempas assemblyman Datuk Tengku Putra Haron Aminurrashid Jumat said the onus was on the youth to understand what the state government was conveying in the ongoing Progressive Johor Expo, which is being held in Kota Iskandar, Iskandar Puteri.

"The youth are the major beneficiaries of Johor's development plans, such as the Johor Strategic Growth Plan 2016-2020 and other policies put in place for the coming years.

"They are our future 'investments'. In five to seven years time, they will be in the job market, and they will reap the benefits of the development plans that are being put in place by the state government today.

“Exposing these students to the Progressive Johor Expo now will give them a better understanding of the state government’s development plans," said Tengku Putra when flagging off a group of students from SMK Sri Rahmat who visited the expo today.

About 500 students from four secondary schools in the Kempas state constituency were given an opportunity to visit the expo under an arrangement made by Tengku Putra.

His office, with cooperation of the state Education Department, arranged for these students to be ferried to and from the expo on 12 buses over the course of four days starting Monday.

Besides SMK Sri Rahmat, the other three schools involved are SMK Dato' Abdul Rahman Yassin, SMK Tan Sri Mohamed Rahmat and SMK Taman Damansara Aliff.

Tengku Putra said he decided to send students instead of voters from his constituency, to the expo because the youth would be reaping the rewards of plans being carried out by the Johor government and ensure continuity.

"They need to be aware of what the state government is providing for them under the leadership of Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.

“The Progressive Johor Expo enables them to know what and how they benefit from the state government’s plans. It is done for for them to see how they too can contribute to the success of the state.

“Some of them will become future leaders of the country,” he said.

Tengku Putra said that once the youth were equipped with better knowledge about Johor's progress and its direction for the future, they will know how they will be able to contribute to the state's development.

“When they leave school and universities later, they would already have the knowledge and can better assimilate themselves to what the state goverment is doing,” he said.

Tengku Putra said the teachers will be getting students in the field trip to write a short essay on their understanding of the expo. He said an evaluation will be done and prizes will be given by the state assemblyman's office to the best three compositions.

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Kempas assemblyman Datuk Tengku Putra Haron Aminurrashid Jumat said the onus was on the youth to understand what the state government was conveying in the ongoing Progressive Johor Expo, which is being held in Kota Iskandar, Iskandar Puteri. Pix by Zain Ahmed