Get past the emotions and work on real issues

By KEVIN WONG / Pic By TMR File

TOMORROW is THE day. The 14th General Election (GE14) that has been touted as “the most keenly fought” battle to determine the nation’s fate for the next five years.

The weeks of campaigning had, so far, been pretty intense with various issues being brought to light, and different tactics used by all the parties to gain traction among voters.

Along the way, words were exchanged with vows and pledges made. Still, that did not dispel the concern among urban young working adults on how the campaigns have been conducted so far.

Quite a number of young voters had expressed their worries that each party’s main agendas and objectives have been overshadowed by emotions and personal vendettas.

Financial consultant John Lee, 35, is also uncertain if the two main coalitions — Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Harapan — are really looking into the people’s needs.

“Just look at social media…Campaigns and advertisements on all the platforms seem to be about bad-mouthing each other. They should be gaining the confidence and trust of the people, especially the young voters,” he said, adding that all parties should look into how to converge with the younger crowd.

Lee said at the end of the day, the younger generation would be the ones leading the country in the future.

“They must be aware of what the younger generation wants and to at least provide the basic needs — affordable housing, financial stability and better livelihood.

“Failure to do so would result in younger Malaysians looking for jobs overseas. This will then create a talent shortage in the local industries and this should be avoided,” he said.

Nur Alyaa Mohd Elias, 29, who has been unemployed for the last five months, hopes that the next ruling party would be able to create more job opportunities.

“The job market has gotten really tough. It is not just me who is desperately looking for a job as I know some of my friends are struggling to keep abreast to make ends meet. I do hope that whoever wins will look into this.

“Additionally, I was told that some countries provide small allowances to those without a job. It would be great if the new government can come up with a policy to help provide some financial support to those who are looking for a job,” she said.

Nur Alyaa also thought that it would be unwise to abolish e-hailing services such as Grab as it provides temporary jobs.

“I do not think it is detrimental to Malaysian taxi drivers, as it is an innovation and a way to generate income,” Nur Alyaa shared.

Meanwhile, 25-year-old videographer Wilson Leong said he is worried about the ways things are. He hopes that the cost of living in Malaysia will not be unbearable for his generation.

“Back in the days when my parents were my age, they are able to afford a house. Today, I can only afford to rent a room while paying monthly for my car. It is always tight every month, and a lot harder to save.

“It will be good for the government who wins GE14 to look into this matter as we (millennials) are actually struggling.

“Do not be fooled by what you see on social media where millennials are travelling around the world and living lavishly, as those are just the minority,” he said.

He added that the increasing cost of living does not reflect on how much he is earning as a videographer.

“Things have to change, though it is not about providing more subsidies, but going to the root of the problem and fixing it.

“And I believe if the future government will increase the minimum wage to be around RM2,000, it would greatly help the country grow as well.

“From what I understand, more than half of Malaysians are earning below RM2,000 a month. It will be a great help if the ruling coalition could increase the median wage for the jobs here in Malaysia,” he said.