PETALING JAYA: For some Malaysians, their goal for next year is to have a better job and a rewarding career while others wish for a more civic-minded community.
Management training co-ordinator V. Punetha, 25, said a lot of her wishes depended on her career development.
“I want to buy a car at the end of next year, if my job goes well in 2004,” she said.
Institutional sales executive Jalila Adnan, 36, is hoping for a better increment and bonus next year.
“I need a better increment to support my eight kids,” she said when met recently.
She also wished for peace and harmony under the guidance of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, saying: “I hope for better business prospects and a good future under his guidance.”
Amir Khan, an engineering student at the Sunway campus of Monash University, hopes to maintain his current grade point average for next year.
The 20-year-old student, who is a guitarist in aband, also hopes to do well musically.
“I wish that my band Dragon Red gets signed up by a label and gets to perform in bigger gigs,” he said.
Citing the problem of air pollution by heavy vehicles, Amir Khan also hoped Malaysians would be more responsible and service their vehicles more often to stop polluting the city.
Amir Khan’s friend Jeremiah Abraham Selvaraj, who is an engineering student at the Nanyang Polytechnic in Singapore, said he would like to see more honesty and civic-mindedness among Malaysians.
Relating an attempted robbery incident eight months ago, Jeremiah said he wished for better service from the police as he claimed that he did not get much help when he went to lodge a police report.
He said three men had threatened him with a knife and forced him to withdraw his money from his Singaporean bank account when he was walking to Amir Khan’s house in SS1 at about 8.30pm on that day.
Locksmith Jacques Chia looks forward to seeing his business grow next year but laments that it would be at the expense of the people.
The 49-year-old businessman said he received a lot of business when snatch theft victims went to him to replace their locks.
“Every time someone gets their handbag snatched, they come to me and have their locks replaced.
He wants his business to grow but not at the expense of innocent parties, he said.
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