Raising retirement age ‘will cause job loss’

Extending the retirement age of civil servants to 60 years will increase the unemployment rate due to the limited number of vacancies, the assembly was told on Wednesday. 

Abdul Aziz Sapian (BN - Nusa Jaya) said that extending the retirement age beyond 56 would limit the number of vacancies and not give younger ones a chance. 

“In the first quarter of the year alone, there were 57,000 unemployed graduates,” he said. 

On another matter, Aziz requested that the road from Skudai to Lima Kedai, in the direction towards Gelang Patah, be expanded immediately as it constantly had traffic congestion and was accident-prone. 

“Many housing estates have mushroomed around the area so it is time that the road is expanded,” he said. 

Aziz also proposed that an interchange be built in Kangkar Pulai from the Second Link Highway. 

“This will reduce traffic congestion in the area and locals will not have to rush to their destinations,” he said. 

Meanwhile, Tan Cher Puk (BN - Johor Jaya) said that to compete with other nations which provide cheaper labour Malaysia had to get rid of unnecessary red-tape. 

“If we don’t make changes, investors will move their investments elsewhere. 

“An application for a five-star hotel in Thailand only requires three permits, while in Singapore you only need two. But in Malaysia, a hotel owner needs to apply for more than 50 permits. 

“Imagine the time taken to apply for all the permits. Who can afford to wait that long?” he said.  

Tan also urged contractors of the Pandan elevated interchange to expedite their work as traffic congestion in the area was bad.  

“The project is scheduled to be completed in June next year, but so far only 54% has been completed. Can they complete it in six months?” asked Tan.  

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