Because of unemployment, many of them are poor. Some are even prepared to work extra hours or take up two jobs to make ends meet. Therefore, the Government’s priority should be to create jobs besides creating wealth.
Yes, give them a decent job, help them to start a business and possibly to own a home. And at the end of it all – put more money in their pockets.
We are now in a global race, competing with other emerging nations. No one owes us a living.
We need to grow our economy and create jobs for our poor and needy. And if necessary, provide them with training to equip and empower them with the necessary skills to work.
The Government needs to offer better and more incentives, like better tax rates, to bring in foreign investments and encourage multi-national companies to set up businesses here so that they can employ lots of workers.
In this respect, government departments must be reminded to be business-friendly.
Public servants should also act as private business servants, that is, serve the private sector diligently. And please do not bash them – they pay company or corporate tax as well.
With nationalistic pride, our country boasts of almost full employment and is a land of opportunity for every hardworking citizen. Ironically, most graduates complain of unemployment.
The root cause could be attributed to the education system.
Some of our graduates are misfits in the employment market because of the mismatch between the demand of employers and the supply from universities.
Additionally, school leavers are reluctant to take up blue collar jobs. Their perception is that menial or manual work is for immigrants.
Unfortunately, they prefer to hang out at shopping malls and live off their parents’ income.
In view of this, school counsellors should send a clear message to the students that no honest job, however dirty and sweaty, is below anyone’s dignity.
Likewise, parents should delegate household chores such as cooking, sweeping, mopping, washing and cleaning to their children.
They should be trained and taught from young to work like maids to help their parents.
Our Malaysian dream is about helping people, especially the poor and needy, to get on in life.
We must give them the opportunity and aspiration to work. No individual should be written off.
In Australia and Europe, the unemployed are paid social security benefits every month.
Our aim is to help the lower-income group with BRIM handouts whenever prices of goods and services increase to help them to survive.
Let’s be compassionate and gracious in giving to the poor whenever the need arises.
All that needs to be done is just to plug 10% of the leakages of government financial expenditure revealed by our Auditor-General recently.
1.My contention is that the very fact they belong to the lower-income group is simply because they are poor – it’s not their choice – and in dire need of financial help.
2.The cash is handed directly to them to help them to a certain extent to cushion the rise of the cost of living.