KUALA LUMPUR: Pakatan Harapan (PH) Youth today pledged that it will ensure a PH government focuses on creating new job opportunities for Malaysians and reducing the number of foreign workers in the country.
Amanah Youth deputy chief Faiz Fadzil said PH would raise the minimum wage to RM1,500 from the current RM1,000 to attract locals to work in “3D” (dirty, difficult and dangerous) jobs.
Faiz rejected the perception that local youths were choosy about jobs which forced employers to recruit foreigners for 3D jobs, as claimed by deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
“Zahid says Malaysians don’t want to work in the 3D sector. I think that view is baseless,” he told a PH Youth joint media conference at Wisma Amanah here.
Accompanying him were youth leaders of PH component parties — Sany Hamzan (Amanah), Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (PKR), Wong Kah Woh (DAP) and Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman (PPBM).
Faiz said PH believed locals would take up 3D jobs if employers observed the minimum wage and working hours provided by law.
He added that PH had set a target to reduce foreign workers in the country by three million by 2025.
Meanwhile, Nik Nazmi acknowledged the influx of foreign workers would be difficult to reduce since many employers preferred to recruit them in order to cut costs.
“Getting rid of the foreign workers must be carried out with care so as not to drive employers to break the law,” he said.
Apart from employment, PH Youth also pledged to work towards offering comfortable and affordable housing to Malaysians.
It said about a million units of affordable housing priced between RM250,000 and RM300,000 each would be offered by 2020.
“The one million units of affordable housing proposed by PH Youth is consistent with the number proposed in the 11th Malaysia Plan which the Barisan Nasional government failed to achieve,” it said.