3 things Perikatan Nasional can do right now for unemployed Malaysians

1. Announce a post-Covid economic plan ASAP!

The country is facing the highest unemployment rates in 10 years and news is constantly trickling in that more companies are shutting down their businesses which means more people are being retrenched. 

The massive job loss has devastated livelihoods at unprecedented levels. Malaysia has been silent on measures to curb this.  

Malaysia must announce a financial package that will create jobs to improve the employment situation in the country. 

The government also must be aware of the needs of the B40 and vulnerable communities. These groups are most affected by the current economic situation and need all the help they can get. 

2. Set up traineeships, training and re- skilling programs for unemployed Malaysians and under-skilled Malaysians. 

It is important that Malaysians pick up new skills to bring to their new jobs as the world and its economies are changing and the industry are demanding all sorts of new skills from their workers. 

The government can also encourage more Malaysians to take up these programs by offering a small allowance to encourage them. 

3. Put aside political differences and set up a bi-partisan national task force to discuss job creation.

The national task force would comprise the experts from Human Resources Ministry Employers organisations, Unions, Opposition Politicians, and related agencies would be a coordinated effort to ensure that job security is secured and contributes to economic stability in the long run. 

A win-win situation between employers and employees should be worked out immediately.

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