KUANTAN: Society has become demanding and has forgotten to give back to the community, panellists at a forum say.

One of the speakers, Rapha Childrens’ Home chairman Alex Chow, 46, said today’s youths were so intent on pursuing material wealth that they had forgotten that the community needed their help.

He believed that there were a lot of young people who wanted to become volunteers to help the community but did not know where to begin.

The panellists were taking part in the Kahwin 4.0 forum, which focused on the challenges faced by young Malaysians handling priorities in life.

Another speaker, Kuantan MCA service centre executive secretary Tee Choon Ser, said Malaysia needed more young people to be involved in community services as they had ideas and the energy to get things done.

Forum moderator Chew Hoong Ling said the current political scenario had allowed the younger generation to voice their comments and dissatisfaction on many issues.

“They should take it to the next level and do something about it. Talking is easy but doing it is another thing altogether,” she added.

About 100 young adults took part in the forum, which discussed topics such as the general election, the Lynas rare earth refinery issue, sexual orientation, new year resolutions, relationships and corruption.

Chew said it was the first time the forum was held outside the Klang Valley.

“The response was much better here (Kuantan). We will continue to hold more such forums in Negri Sembilan and Malacca in the coming months,” she added.

The Kuantan forum was the fourth in a series that started in Kuala Lumpur last Oct 8.

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