PETALING JAYA: As Malaysians welcome in the new year, many are hoping for the economic conditions in the country to improve with a reduction in the cost of living while calling for unity among the different races.
Othman Mirzan, 24, the grandson of Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, hoped that differences between the races could be addressed in a more open manner to help foster unity.
“I think that the new government has plenty of room to continue to do good work and I hope that the policies coming in this year support a more unified Malaysia,” he said in an interview yesterday.
Syahidan Ramli, 45, a senior manager of a food outlet, hoped the government would fulfil its general election manifesto promises and work to lower the cost of living for those working in the private sector.
“The government should help reduce the cost of living for city folks – show actions and results,” he said.
Chee Chern Huan, 49, hopes that race-based politics would come to an end.
“Leaders should not capitalise on race to achieve their political agenda,” she said.
Chee, who is an assistant general manager of a finance company, urged the government to work on transformations and policies for the betterment of all Malaysians.
Financial planner Yap Sook Har, 54, said government leaders should focus more on improving the Malaysian economy instead of bickering among each other.
Student Gurpavith Singh Bhuttar, 17, lauded the government’s New Year’s move to ban smoking in eateries.
“The smoking ban is a huge step taken by the government and I’m really proud of where we are headed right now.
“I would like to see more positive steps taken by the government for a healthier Malaysia,” he said.
Retiree Yap Keng Yin, 75, was looking forward to affordable and accessible healthcare services in the coming year.
She urged the government to emulate initiatives run by the Selangor and Penang state governments by providing medical cards to senior citizens.
Facebook user James King said Malaysians wanted political stability, an increase in foreign direct investment, which would in turn provide more jobs for the people, and efforts to lower the cost of living.
Ben Chua hoped for an increase in salaries for the people and for more job opportunities for the youth.
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