Last updated Thursday, October 02, 2014 12:20pm

KUCHING, Jan 18 — The Sarawak United National Youth Organisation (Saberkas) wants youth in the state to pursue the spirit of the ‘American Dream’.

It plans to instil that spirit among the youth to prepare them to grab opportunities available when Sarawak becomes a developed state in 2030.

Saberkas president Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg said the organisation would draw up its social programmes tailored to build an enterprising spirit among youth to enable them to continue improving themselves.

“In the US (United States), they call it the ‘American Dream’...meaning that you give them (the youths) opportunities, then they will work hard to achieve their dreams.

“In this particular case, Sarawak has a dream. We want to be a developed and very forefront state by 2030.

“The (Sarawak) youths must also have a certain dream (on) how to take the opportunity in this process of development,” he told reporters today, after chairing Saberkas’ 45th Supreme Council meeting here.  Abang Johari said Saberkas, which had over 130,000 members state-wide, enjoyed greater popularity among non-Bumiputera youths in the state in recent years, thereby, slowly shedding the previous notion it was an organisation solely for Bumiputeras.

The state housing and tourism minister said non-Bumiputera representation at the Saberkas supreme council level currently, had reached 30 per cent, indicating a good sign it was accepted by all races.

He said non-Bumiputera members were made up of young professionals who were willing to share their ideas of being independent in their endeavours.

“The spirit of not relying on the government (assistance) is there already (among non-Bumiputera members) and that should be the spirit of (all) the young people (in Sarawak),” he said.

He said Saberkas clubs would also be formed at all public and private higher learning institutions in the state to enhance engagement with the students, particularly in narrowing the gap between the employment generation and their study disciplines. — Bernama