KOTA KINABALU: Workers welfare will have a better deal should Parti Cinta Sabah (PCS) form the next state government.
According to the party’s Likas candidate, Jeff Lu, one of PCS’s aspirations would be reforming the Sabah Labour Ordinance to ensure Sabah workers have better safeguards.
The 37-year-old politician says he would also be looking into ways to reduce the cost of goods that has become a burden to many breadwinners.
“My objective will be to reduce the inflation gap and spiralling costs of living via agricultural incentives that will modernize the industry and achieve sustainable food security for Sabah.
“New policies must be introduced to promote economic development which will generate more job opportunities for the people especially the youth,” he said.
A great number of Sabah’s youths are plagued by unemployment or low wages resulting in them unable to move out to find their own space even after being married with children.
Jeff said this could be topped by implementation of quality and affordable education and housing schemes including his own vision of Likas being transformed into the state’s education hub.
“Sabah produces 40,000 SPM graduates annually and 65 per cent of the youths opt to jump directly into the working sector primarily due to financial issues.
“They would reason that higher learning is a waste of time since diploma graduates would also be earning a minimum RM 1200 salary.
“Economic stagnancy for the past two years has culled careers while those lucky enough for an interview find that asking for more than an RM 1200 basic is an insult to potential employers.
“The fact of the matter is that there are simply not enough jobs in Sabah with many leaving to find work in Peninsular or becoming immigrants themselves in other countries,” he said.
But most of all the father of two wants to uplift the public’s perception of Likas from a “black area” to that synonymous with security.
“I have met with the people and this has been their resounding pleas for the past five decades. New squatter homes pop up by the day and even Grab drivers are hesitant in picking up rides in the area.
“As Sabahans we should not have to compete for jobs with illegal immigrants. This cycle of poverty leads to criminal activities especially drug use already widespread in the immigrant hotspots.
“By improving public infrastructures and tightening security in Likas we will be able to establish a premium first class community” he said.
Jeff (middle) after a meeting with Likas PCS members, currently numbered over a thousand.