SIBU: Sarawak Workers Party (SWP) has proposed retraining schemes to address high youth unemployment in the state.
SWP vice-president Daveed Munan said Labour Department statistics showed that in 2016, the number of unemployed between the ages of 18 and 40 years was 41,900.
?It is a waste if this human capital is not utilised.”
?SWP urges the state government to look for urgent solutions as thousands of youth are graduating every year from schools, colleges or universities,? he said in a statement.
He added that the government must train unemployed youths in skills which are needed in Sarawak.
?We propose the setting up of three categories of training schemes for university graduates, STPM / diploma holders and secondary school-leavers,? he said.
Separately, SWP deputy president Engga Unchat was unhappy with the purported comments by Rural and Regional Development Minister Rina Harun that certain communities in rural Sarawak rejected the construction of bridges.
?It is hard to believe, because projects like bridges, jetties and access roads are usually constructed at the request of rural folk themselves.
?The rural Sarawak populace needs these infrastructure projects,? said Engga.
He added that the rural folk had lived in hardship without such infrastructure for a long time.
?The minister should announce something big for Sarawak?s rural populace, rather than making such comments.
?Sarawak is part of Malaysia. Sarawakians need a sincere commitment from the Pakatan Harapan government, especially the Rural and Regional Development Ministry,? said Engga.