PETALING JAYA, Malaysia - Malay youth are apparently worried about survival in the current economic climate rather than concern themselves with racial or political issues.
A viral video clip (in Malay language), posted by Majlis Tindakan Ekonomi Melayu Bersatu (MTEM) on Facebook Wednesday, shows a 23-year-old woman named Zahra speaking about the financial struggles she and those of her generation face.
"When I was a student, I always dreamt about my life after graduating. Because of the big salary that I thought I would receive, I could plan my life accordingly," she said to an audience that included Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
"But almost two years after graduating, I am disappointed and angry with my fate. The reality of working life is torturous. Yes, I drive to the office, but the car is not mine. I borrowed it from my father and pay him RM500 each month for it.
"Usually, by the end of the month, I have take the LRT to the office because my pockets are empty. It has become a routine, and I am ashamed to face my parents
because of this.
because of this.
- "I should be taking care of them, not the other way around," said Zahra.
- In the video, she also said that purchasing a house would remain a distant dream for many.
- "To buy a house at Melawati or Ampang, you must earn at least RM9,000 per month.
- "I know I'm not alone. Many of my friends are suffering. We don't see a way out. My future and those of other Malay youth is bleak.
- "Honestly, we Malay youth don't care about political or racial issues, because what matters to us is the issue of survival," said Zahra.
The video has garnered more than 38,500 Views, received more than 5,000 likes, been shared more than 7,000 times and drawn more than 1,000 comments since it was posted.
Source: The Star, Agency