KUALA LUMPUR – The Malaysian Youth Council (MYC) urged the government to reduce its narrow politics and to improve on public relation mechanisms so that its good initiatives can be enjoyed by the people.
The government was also asked to continue to put its focus on the agenda of developing the nation.
Its President, Jufitri Joha said, the one-year achievement of the Pakatan Harapan government is mediocre, however, he requested Malaysians to give rooms for the government to make changes.
Through the observations of MYC, he said, the young voters are divided into two categories, namely, the group which wanted to see the institutional and administration reformation, while the other group wanted their cost-of-living issues being handled well by the new government.
Jufitri added, the MYC hoped that the government can speed up the set-up of the Cabinet Committee to handle unemployment issues among the youths besides working hard to increase minimum wages to RM1,800 per month within the next 5 to 10 years.
The government is also asked to realise its Special Commitment for the Youth under the PH Manifesto, which includes the cost-of-living allowance for poor students studying in the higher learning institution.
Besides that, the Food Bank initiative by the Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs should be expanded as soon as possible.
The MYC also urged the government to allocate funds for E-Usahawan and E-Rezeki training under the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and provide leniency for the Young Agropreneur grant which its approval is rather strict and time consuming.
According to him, the government also needs to coordinate and overcome the socio-economy status of the B40 youths in urban areas, especially those living in the People’s Housing Project (PPR).
The MYC wants the government to finalise the repayment policies of the National Higher Education Funds (PTPTN) and abolish ujrah (interests) besides improving the Skills Development Fund (PTPK).
Besides that, the MYC also proposed to the government to balance the development and infrastructure in all territories, especially Sabah, Sarawak, Kelantan, Perlis, Kelantan and Terengganu, including the special requests from the youths in Kelantan to expand the ECRL station to Pengkalan Kubor, Tumpat.
The access and speed of internet should also be expanded to villages such as to the Orang Asli areas in Lojing, Gua Musang to encourage digital economic growth and to avoid youths from migrating to towns.
“The youths who voted for their economic status are still disappointed as their lives are affected by the devaluation of ringgit, pressure from loans and high employment rate besides being laid off and an escalating cost-of living.
“The MYC will continue as a strategic partner for the development of Malaysia in order to develop the youths and the nation,” he said in a statement today. – MalaysiaGazette