Young voters in Kedah hope for more job opportunities

YAN: The lack of job opportunities in Kedah, especially in this district, is seen to be the main reason that pushes many young people to migrate to other places to find a source of income.

A resident of Kampung Tengah Sungai Limau Dalam, Nur Aini Fatihah Shaharol, 19, said fresh graduates also found it challenging to secure a job because employers prefer to hire employees with work experience.

“Here, job opportunities are not open to everyone, so it is difficult for young people to start a career.

“Most employers prefer older people, and they don’t want youths because we have no experience,” she told Bernama when met here recently.

To prevent young people from migrating, Nur Aini Fatihah said the government needed to develop the Yan district and surrounding areas to create more job opportunities and, in turn, stimulate economic growth.

A resident of Kampung Kuala Dulang Kechil, Mohamad Redzuan Yusof, 26, said that young people found it hard to land a job because many of them dropped out of school due to financial difficulties.

The air nira (palm sap) seller said these dropouts could only opt for temporary jobs such as assisting fishermen and farmers or taking part in construction works with daily earnings.

“It is difficult to find jobs now because you need a certificate. I hope that we can get employed even without a qualification.

“Give young people opportunities to work. Otherwise, they will sit around doing nothing,” he said.

Commenting on the issue, Barisan Nasional candidate Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom said Yan has several interesting locations that need to be aggressively promoted to develop the tourism sector in the area, thus creating more job opportunities for all.

Perikatan Nasional candidate for the Jerai parliamentary seat Sabri Azit said Yan is an agricultural district, and other sectors, including manufacturing, that often have many job openings are still underdeveloped.

Therefore, the Jerai incumbent said the agriculture industry in the state needs to be empowered with the use of the latest technology so that young people are more interested in venturing into the sector.

Meanwhile, several candidates vying to win the Sungai Petani parliamentary seat have also expressed their determination to assist young people.

Barisan candidate Datuk Shahanim Muhammad Yusoff promised to help them find jobs and training under the Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) and National Entrepreneur Group Economic Fund (Tekun) schemes.

The former special officer to the Rural Development Minister said she would try her best to get a public university, a race track and a sports complex to be built in the area, which could help generate more job opportunities for the people.

For Pejuang candidate Datuk Marzuki Yahya said a good communication infrastructure and stable internet connection were vital to encourage more young people to venture into online businesses.

“In addition, the eco-tourism and historical tourism industry need to be developed in the area so that it can provide a source of income for young people who become tour guides, handicraft sellers or other service providers,” he said. – Bernama