Unemployed graduates drive Sabah assemblyman up the wall

KOTA KINABALU: An elected representative from Sabah has lost her patience with graduates approaching her when they fail to get jobs despite having a degree.

Moyog assemblyman Jenifer Lasimbang (pic), who is also a state assistant minister, is fed up of job-seekers, and sometimes their parents, badgering her to find jobs for their children.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday (March 20) evening, Lasimbang vented her frustration over the situation.

“Getting sick and tired of getting phone calls, WhatsApps and emails from PARENTS asking me to look for a job for their children – unemployed GRADUATES!” she posted on Facebook.

Her outburst was enough to work up social media users Thursday (March 21), with some criticising her for not being understanding while others empathised with her predicament, in a flood of messages.

Some claimed to be representatives of Kuala Lumpur-based companies, asking her to direct the job-seekers to their firms.

By late Thursday, amid a social media flurry over her comment, Lasimbang apologised for the Facebook post which she explained was widely misunderstood.

“I apologise for the misunderstanding caused by my Facebook post regarding my concern that parents are contacting me to ask for recommendations or jobs individually for their children, especially unemployed graduates.

“My intention is to draw attention to the issue of unemployment among graduates,” she said.

Lasimbang said she was concerned over the 40,000 unemployed graduates in Sabah, a number that has been increasing over the years.

“Indeed the Sabah government and relevant agencies are working hard to provide employment for graduates through organising career fairs and jobs through portals,” she said.

She added that following the posting, many companies and employment agencies have contacted her to help with job offers or job placements.

Lasimbang added that she would not take down the Facebook posts. 


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