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Youth Representation Q2 Publication (2021)

Sara Sofea, Nurul Hamizah Binti Afandi, Koh Hui Hong, Sofiah Hanim Binti Shuhaizan, Lin Ming Yao and Arijey Sura
42 pages
May 29, 2021
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The first focus of Quarter 2 is Youth Representation in Climate Change Activism. Prior to the COVID-19 Pandemic, we see many young people participating in climate change protests all over Malaysia. 2% of young people in Malaysia think that climate change is a crisis and that 9 in 10 Malaysian youths are taking their own initiatives in helping with climate change. Further, 9 in 10 young people in Malaysia have experienced the effects of climate change, such as flooding or air pollution. Youths are at the forefront of climate action with different grassroots and environmental groups. The second focus of this quarter is Youth Unemployment. Prior to COVID-19 the phenomenon of fresh graduates having to resort to the gig economy is something common to hear. Research shows that 56% of the unemployed in Malaysia are between the 15 to 24 year old age group. Further, the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in an increase in unemployment across various industries all over the world. An impact of this is that young jobseekers are more likely to be jobless than adults, as they are less ‘qualified’ in comparison to experienced and trained unemployed adults. Further, studies show that there are skill mismatches of young graduates, resulting in another reason for unemployment among youths. As MSGA is a student representative body, we feel like it is important to highlight the challenges that the youth in Malaysia are facing and the multiple efforts that are being supported by the youth in order to change the landscape of Malaysia in the future. It is important not only to understand the underlying and systemic challenges behind important youth-related issues in Malaysia, but also what we can do to improve not only individually but ...

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