Published: Wednesday February 20, 2013 MYT 7:09:00 PM
Barisan Youth engaging NGOs to help promote BL1M
By WANI MUTHIAH
KUALA LUMPUR: As part of an ongoing strategy for the 1Malaysia Licence Aid (BL1M) programme to reach more youths, Barisan Nasional Youth and its Urban Affairs Secretariat (SHEB) have embarked a joint effort with several non-governmental organisations (NGO).
SHEB chairman Tengku Azman Tengku Zainol Abidin said the move was made because some youths still found it difficult to register for the programme.
The NGOs can reach out to the youths and help them sign-up for the programme, Tengku Azman said at press conference at the Umno Youth headquarters here on Tuesday.
SHEB and BN Youth signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Felda Youth Council, Gerakan Belia 4B and Peninsular Malay Students Federation.
The NGOs will carry out BL1M registration amongst the local community, Felda settlers as well as university and college students, said Tengku Azman.
He added this would increase the number of youths in the programme by the time registration closes on March 1.
He added the MoU would see an additional 400 BL1M representatives and this would make the total number of the programmes conduit ballooning to 737.
Under the BL1M programme, that was launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak on Jan 31, participants applying for the B2 category motorcycle licence will only have to pay a fee of RM199, which covers the cost of driving lessons and practical theory tests.
Currently, applicants pay between RM350 and RM690 to driving schools.
A MoU was also signed between BL1M and Confederation of the Associations of Driving Schools/ Institutes Malaysia (Perpisma).
Perpisma will become BL1Ms adviser and will help programme participants in pursuing the course in driving schools in accordance with the guidance and legislation endorsed by the Road Transport Department, said Tengku Azman.
According to Tengku Azman, 145,000 youths have already registered for BL1M.