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KUCHING, Feb 21: The state government should accept and handle criticisms on important and timely issues facing Sarawak positively, instead of getting angry or upset.
Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) president Munan Laja said the government should not deny the existence of problems and should instead look for ways and means to improve the employment sector to accommodate local graduates now and in the near future.
Munan was echoing the recent statement by Malaysian Trades Union Congress (MTUC) Sarawak secretary Andrew Lo, who highlighted that the state government had failed to create decent jobs in all the years of politics of developments which has driven Sarawakian to find jobs elsewhere.
“This statement (by Lo) is real, not fake news. There are over 50,000 fresh graduates in Sarawak who still remain jobless as of Oct 2018,” Munan claimed in a press statement today.
“There are about 40,000 to 50,000 Sarawakians working in Johor, and some stay in Johor but work in Singapore.”
Munan, thus, urged the state government to ponder as to why Singapore, a country the size of Kapit division and without natural resources, could offer so many job opportunities to not only their citizens but foreigners as well, including Malaysians.
“The authority must not get angry when they are told about important issues regarding the country in good faith, as Sarawak belongs to all of us.
“The job sector must not be concentrated on low and medium skills jobs and rely on cheap foreign workers,” he added.
Munan advised the state government to put in place good policies for Sarawak to progress and prosper. — DayakDaily