As Christians celebrate one of their holiest religious celebrations, we are reminded during this Easter weekend that leaders are servants of the people. As servants of the people, leaders are tasked to ensure a better life and standard of living by being honest, hardworking and performance-oriented.
One of the criteria is job creation, where employment not only provides for the family’s livelihood, but work also gives a person dignity and respect. The government must invest in creating jobs with an income, not at minimum wage, but approaching the level paid to government civil servants. Jobs must be created for the unemployed graduates as well as non-graduates.
As the prophet Joseph said in the Bible, 7 years of plenty will followed by 7 years of famine, and the surplus during the years of plenty must be stored to prepare for the hard years of famine. Unfortunately in Malaysia, we are paying for the corruption of the previous government whether in the form of the RM50 billion 1MDB scandal, RM17.8 billion Tabung Haji scandal or Felda RM6.23 billion scandal. Fortunately we do not need 7 years but 3 years to recover, rescue and restore institutions whose money were stolen as well as to put Malaysia back on track economically.
However, this does not mean that the government will do nothing during these 3 years. One initiative being considered seriously is monthly income supplements paid by the government to employers to encourage them to employ graduates and non-graduates. This may be costly but nothing can be more rewarding than to give a person work where he can afford to feed his family.
The Federal government will not be corrupt like the previous government that made Malaysia famous as a global kleptocracy. Neither will the Federal government see Malaysians become poor like certain states without job opportunities and not even able to afford to pay the salaries of their civil servants. We must create jobs for those without work under the previous government. Only then can Malaysians be infused with optimism that life will be better for their children and that the hopes of the future will be brighter.
DAP wishes all Malaysians a HAPPY EASTER!
LIM GUAN ENG
联邦政府绝不会像前朝政府般贪污腐败，以致让马来西亚背上全球盗贼统治的污名。联邦政府也不会让国人变穷变惨，我们不能像某些没有工作机会的州属一样，甚至没有能力支付公务员的工资。 我们必须为前朝政府底下找不到工作的人创造就业机会。 只有这样，马来西亚人对未来才会有所盼望，我们始能相信孩子们的明天是更美好的，前途是光明的。