TEMERLOH: Youths should stop migrating to the urban areas in search of work as job opportunities are aplenty in their villages.
Deputy Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Zainal Abidin Osman said the problem of unemployment could be reduced if the youths were willing to change their attitude.
Firstly, they must look around their villages and not be choosy when looking for a job.
Jobs are aplenty such as working in estates managed by government agencies namely Felcra, Risda, Kesedar, Ketengah, Sabah and Sarawak Rubber Industry Board.
Latest statistics show that some 60% of the 31,224 estate workers in the country are foreigners, he said after launching the Kemas Friendship Club in Kampung Raja Songsang, Mentakab, near here recently.
Zainal Abidin said on an average, an estate worker earned a monthly income of between RM1,000 and RM1,500, while those who worked more could get an additional RM500.
He said if the youths were willing to work in the estates, they could help prevent an outflow of money.
They should seize the opportunities in their hometowns by replacing foreign labour.
The cost of living will be much lower and there will be less pressure in their work as compared to living in the city, he said.