GEORGE TOWN: As the country enters the first week of 2023, creative digital content creator Ahmad Afiq Abdul Hadi, 32, hopes the Federal Government can create more attractive job opportunities for fresh graduates.
“I hope the government can also address the salary cap in the market. We need something better and the new government must first overcome the high cost of living that is affecting us,” he said.
Mental health practitioner Priscilla Ho, 60, said the unity government must tackle bread- and-butter issues urgently.
Even though the economy has started to recover since the Covid-19 pandemic first hit, there are still many people who can’t get back on their feet.
“Many Malaysians are still reeling from the effect from the pandemic,” she said.
Ho called on politicians to stop bickering with each other and work together to improve the people’s lives.
She also hopes the Federal Government improves the standard of public education, and to give out more student incentives.
General clerk Narinder Singh Gopal Singh, 45, wants the government to pay special attention to underprivileged groups such as the B40 group and people with disabilities.
“Give more job opportunities to people with disabilities and build more public amenities that are disabled-friendly,” he said.
He said the government must ensure that there are more job opportunities or skills training programmes for the younger generation as they are the ones who will be the country’s future leaders.
Entrepreneur Warren Tan, 34, said the government must urgently address the value of the ringgit, which has affected businesses that need to import goods.
“When the value of the ringgit improves, it will directly have an immediate positive impact on everyone’s cost of living.
“Malaysia is a net importer of animal feed ingredients and fertiliser, so when the ringgit improves in value, we will simply have cheaper food to start with,” he added.
He also wants the government to eradicate corruption and racism, foster meritocracy and enhance public education to focus on critical thinking.