UKM PhD Student To Lead Youth Body To Strengthen Malaysia-Indonesia Ties
Association secretary-general, Sirajuddin Abdul Wahab hands over flag as symbol of appointment to Muhammad Yasar
By: Muhammad Yasar, UKM PhD Student
Pix: Abd Razak Hussin
JAKARTA, INDONESIA, 23 Oct 2015 – PhD student Muhammad Yasar of The National University of Malaysia (UKM) has been elected as Head of the National Committee of Indonesian Youth Delegation (KNPI) ) succeeding Dr Sagir Alva.
The announcement was made by the Secretary-General of the Central Executive Board of KNPI Abdul Wahab Sirajuddin in August.
The KNPI is Indonesia’s version of the Malaysian Youth Council (MBM).
KNPI is the largest organisation bringing together 159 youth organizations of various aspects such as religious-based youths, students, politicians, professionals, business and so on.
Establishment of the youth council was seen as crucial to tackle the potential issues between the two countries.
It was hoped that this representative body of youth associations is more familiar and amiable as they are potentially future leaders, and the Malaysian chapter of KNPI is the first such body formed outside Indonesia.
Malaysia became the Association’s incubator for pilot projects as Indonesia has made available its youths with different backgrounds such as labour, expatriates and students.
Malaysia is also the centre of international youth organisations such as the Committee for ASEAN Youth Cooperation (CAYC), Asia Youth Centre (AYC) and the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), and KNPI was likely to liaise with such associations.
Association Awards 2015
In conjunction with the inauguration, the central KNPI also presented five awards in 2015 to two Malaysians and three Indonesian deemed meritorious who showed ‘high commitment to youth empowerment and harmonious relations between Indonesia and Malaysia’.
This award was the first to be given to foreign citizens. Similar awards have been presented to a number of prominent Indonesian figures such as former Chairman of the Parliament of Indonesia and Chairman of the Golkar Party, Akbar Tandjung and Indonesian Youth and Sports Minister, Imam Nahrawi.
Two Malaysians, Mohamed Maliki Mohamed Rafiee, former President of MBM and Dato’ Irmohizam Ibrahim, MP and President of the Selangor Youth Council and former PhD student of UKM, received the honours.
Three Indonesians recipients were, Herman Prayitno (Ambassador to Malaysia), Hermono (Deputy Ambassador in Malaysia) and Freddy M. Panggabean (Minister Counsellor, the Indonesian Embassy in Malaysia).
Muhammad Yasar with other KNPI award percipients after being appointed Head and Chairman if KNPI
Dato’ Irmohizam receives Association Award 2015