THE LOCAL LEADERS STRATEGY TO EMPOWERING RURAL YOUTH IN MALAYSIA: A QUALITATIVE STUDY
Abstract. Future success and excellence depend on the ability of today’s youth in building their personality, nowledge acquisition, skill building and excellent leadership. The government’s effort to empower the youths require commitment and support from the local authorities to ensure that they can contribute to the society. This research was local conducted in 4 rural communities in Terengganu to examine the extents of the authorities’ direct and indirect support to the youths. The study has adopted qualitative observation with the phenomenology approach which is deemed suitable to the issue under study. Interviews, observation and document analysis were conducted to obtain the relevant information. 60 respondents were directly involved in this research, they are the chairperson for the Village Development and Safety Committee (MPKK), MPKK committee members, chairperson of the local youth association,
local youth, officers from government agencies and local residents. The data for research were analysed using the ATLAS.ti software. The study findings show that strong community leadership can provide support in every angle to ensure the success of the local youths. Furthermore, they are able to help the youth face challenges and focus on achieving success.
Key words: qualitative study, rural community, leadership, empowering youth.
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