Idris, Lo to share, discuss employment issues at chat forum

Teo (right) briefing reporters on the chat forum.

KUCHING, March 11: Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) information chief Dato Idris Buang and state Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) secretary Andrew Lo will be sharing and discussing employment issues in the state in a chat forum this Saturday (March 16).

The event will be held at the concourse level of Summer Mall in Kota Samarahan at 7.30pm.

This free chat forum is organised by non-governmental organisation (NGO) Rise of Sarawak Efforts (ROSE) and is entitled ‘Youth and Employment in Sarawak: Opportunity or Challenge’. It will feature the duo discussing and sharing their views on the challenges and issues plaguing youths and job-seekers in the state and what needs to be done by the respective parties and stakeholders to address them.

ROSE chairwoman Ann Teo told a press conference today that among the objectives of its series of bi-monthly chat forums is to enable free and open discourse on issues that affect policy-makers.

“In line with our mission, one of our strategic priorities for the next two years is educating citizens and voters on exercising democratic rights,” she said.

Teo said one of the methods or ways this could happen would be through holding public forums on current or pertinent issues affecting the rakyat or specific segments of the communities.

“By having such forums, we are hopeful that these events will contribute towards the sharing of valuable information, the engagement between all parties and stakeholders and most of all cementing our shared values as ‘Anak Sarawak’ for the purposes of together building a better Sarawak,” she said.

The chat forum featuring Idris and Lo would be moderated by ROSE member Geoffrey Tang.

“We call on students and all young persons, whether working or not, and members of the public to attend the chat forum. We will be inviting other local NGOs and their members to come as well,” said Teo.

She expected more than 80 students from higher learning institutions around Kota Samarahan to attend the forum, not including other members of the public.

Everybody is invited, and for further enquiries, Teo can be reached at 016-8604998. — DayakDaily