In school, we were ceaselessly reminded about the importance of Malaysia’s youth, that we were the future of our nation and pillars of nation-building. However, as we grow older we are faced with challenges that often rattle our determination to promote change. The most prevalent challenge faced by Malaysian youths today is unemployment which is exacerbated by the global pandemic, with youths already almost five times more likely to be unemployed than the overall labor force pre-Covid (Welsh and Cheng, 2020). If left unchecked, youth unemployment can socially exclude and increase their dependency on welfare support, thus consolidating economic inequality in Malaysia.
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