Batch 5 of the IMPower Grantees included 18 youth groups within Iskandar Malaysia receiving an approximate sum of RM689,493 as a catalyst for the various activities and programmes planned and organised for the positive change and development of the Iskandar Malaysia communities.
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“Social inclusiveness is one of the important factors that are taken into account when it comes to the development of Iskandar Malaysia and its communities. The youth represents a large segment here, who will also become future leaders,” said Datuk Ismail Ibrahim, Chief Executive of the Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA).
Since its introduction in 2017, the IMPower grant has seen a total of 44 youth groups within Iskandar Malaysia flourish by organising and conducting engaging and empowering initiatives for the communities. The total amount that has been disbursed to date sums up to about RM1.2 million.
Among the criteria that the grant applicants must present to the IMPower committee is that their initiative or activity must bring a substantial degree of impact to the target communities within Iskandar Malaysia, and of course, be aligned to the 5 focus points of IMPower that includes entrepreneurship, volunteerism, education, sports and health, and arts and culture.
“Ever since the inception of Iskandar Malaysia about 14 years ago, we have seen plenty of developments and investments that have fuelled and transformed this region. With that wealth gained, we want to make sure that it is distributed equally and equitably to everyone. We must be ready and take action by taking the initiative to be part of the movement,” said Datuk Ismail.
Besides receiving the grants, the youth groups from batch 1 to 5 under the IMPower programme were also introduced to the Youth Hab or HAB, which is a youth centre that will be launched soon. HAB will allow these initiatives to be conducted with less hassle as there are bountiful of facilities and tools that can be activated at the location.