29 Youths To Represent Malaysia In 52-day Voyage
PUTRAJAYA, Oct 4 – Twenty-nine youths will represent Malaysia in a 52-day voyage across Japan and Southeast Asian waters in the 43rd Ship for Southeast Asian and Japanese Youth Programme (SSEAYP) starting October 28.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the youths, comprising 14 male and 15 female, had undergone a rigorous selection process to ensure that they were equipped with the fundamental intellectual, artistic, cultural and communication skills and knowledge required to complete the journey.
“These young people would share their lives for about two months, introduce their countries, participate in discussions and join activities onboard and in the countries to be visited,” he said at a meeting with the Malaysian representatives at his ministry here, today.
SSEAYP would continue to promote friendship and mutual understanding among the youths of Japan and Southeast Asian countries.
It had attracted more than 20,000 youths since 1974.
Meanwhile, Malaysian team leader Siti Mariam Ahmad Tobias said the youths aged between 18 and 30 years had undergone one month intensive training as preparation for the programme.
Siti Mariam, who is also deputy director of Melaka Youth and Sports Department, said they were ready to make Malaysia proud via activities and discusssions on topics such as health, environment and culture.
The team would depart for Tokyo on Oct 24.