Look beyond Malaysia and reach international standards, says Johor Menteri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi as he called on youths in the state to set higher goals.
In a speech before the opening the Dewan Muda Johor meeting, he said “people are no longer comparing Johor to Kuala Lumpur but to Singapore”.
He said that Singapore is not that far from Johor but the gap between the 2 cities is wide. He added that this is the reason why the state government is working hard to ensure that the entry points into Johor run smoothly.
“Until when do people have to line up 4 to 5 hours, and I have to handle this matter,” he said, adding that he is working closely with his state executive committees to lessen such problems.
Meanwhile, he also lamented how almost half of the elevators and escalators at Bangunan Sultan Iskandar, where the Customs, Immigration and Quarantine Complex is located, were not in working order.
“Where is our pride as Bangsa Johor? Even though this matter concerns basic things including upgrading roads, it must be handled because it’s our pride,” he said.
Hafiz then called on youths, who make up about half of the population in Johor, to take up the responsibility in elevating the state to a developed status by 2030.
“It is unlikely that we can achieve the target of making Johor a developed state by 2030 without the participation of the youth.”
“There is a saying that if you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together,” he said.
Meanwhile, he also said opportunities and guidance should be given to these future leaders to help them achieve higher heights and become an important asset, as well as the pride of the state.
“Hence, it is very important for the state government to give youth the space and pathways in all sectors that enable them to paint the future.”
“Youth have the energy, creative thinking, a higher willpower, and with the guidance of the older generation, there could be a right recipe to make Johor a developed state in eight years’ time,” he said.