MALAYSIAN YOUTH’S PERSPECTIVE TOWARDS ASEAN COMMUNITY

This study is aimed at getting the reaction of Malaysian youth towards the implementation of the ASEAN Community. A survey was conducted between August and September 2015 to test four key variables of understanding, attitudes, awareness, and preparedness. A total of 5,032 Malaysian youths representing four zones, namely North, South East and West of Peninsular Malaysia and two zones covering Sabah, and Sarawak. For the purpose of collecting data and information, a semi-structured Focus Group Discussion interview instrument has been adopted. There are four interesting findings. Firstly, the knowledge and understanding of ASEAN Community among Malaysian youths is still minimal. Second, Malaysian youth have a good perception on the relevance and benefits of the ASEAN community. Although their level of awareness is still low, support for the formation of the Community is good. Third, Malaysian youths feel that they are not ready for the ASEAN Community. Finally, the findings suggest that the government needs to embark upon various youth-inclusive programmes. The aim is to provide a more sensitive and ready youth generation to the ideas and concept of the ASEAN Community integration.

Keywords: Regional Community Establishment, ASEAN Community, Malaysian Youth, Survey Study

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