It’s a new era for youth in Malaysia, thanks to Malaysia’s youngest minister, Syed Saddiq. He pledges to continue championing youth voices and in line with his youth empowerment initiative, Syed Saddiq successfully lowering the age limit for voting and had a paid government internship initiative.
His initiative to give sportlight for the youth doesn’t stop there. Recently, 3 startup founders were appointed as youth leaders to the National Economic Action Council (NEAC). The appointment of young entrepreneurs was made to provide insight on issues related to the cost of living, employment, poverty and homeownership and be the voice for youth.
Meet Nadhir Ashafiq, Liew Ooi Hann and Radzi Tajuddin, the youth leaders in NEAC
The appointed youth members are Nadhir Ashafiq, Executive Director and co-founder of digital logistics platform TheLorry, Liew Ooi Hann, CEO and co-founder of financial product website RinggitPlus and Radzi Tajuddin, CEO and co-founder of property technology company Hartabumi.
The three startups are in different industries and the appointment was the government’s wish to recognise the role of the youth as important stakeholders to deliberate and formulate national policy.
A milestone for the youth in Malaysia
National Economic Action Council (NEAC) was established for the purpose of identifying economic problems and the appropriate policies to respond to them. Among NEAC’s main objectives are to stimulate economic growth, ensure fair distribution of wealth and improve the well-being of the people. NEAC will also focus on issues related to cost of living, labour, poverty and homeownership.
Hence, the appointment of the three youth leaders who are well-versed in the digital economy is necessary to give input on how to make Malaysia in line with IR 4.0, the digital economy and also artificial intelligence.
With great power comes great responsibility
Coming from different the different industries, each one of them would be putting forward suggestions on how to help tha nation. For Radzi, his focus would be on tackling the increasing housing prices and the challenges faced in getting home financing. As the CEO and co-founder of property technology company, he would suggest on how homeownership can be made accessible to every segment of society.
The executive director and co-founder of TheLorry shared that their role is to provide a very unique point of view in terms of digital economy and technology in the sense that they represent a more youth’s angle as opposed to the experienced members of the council that are already contributing.
For Liew Ooi Hann, he added that he will be involved with issues of financial literacy, cost of living and digital financial services backed by his experience and expertise as the co-founder of RinggitPlus.