By May this year will mark the second year of the Pakatan Harapan (PH) administration after winning the 14th General Election (GE14). The fulfilment of manifesto promised by PH is the main focus that keeps wandering in the nation’s mainstream topic. Although the Finance Minister, Lim Guan Eng said about 60 per cent of the pledges made by PH during the GE14 has been fulfilled, it was pictured negatively and the people were not pleased with the fulfilment.
Among all promises, there is one promise that has been questioned frequently which is the promise to create one million job opportunities with a minimum salary of RM2,500 per month for the youth in the first five years of PH government’s rule.
This promise drew critiques, especially from the opposition as the leadership of UMNO does not believe in the capability of the PH government to walk this talk. On the flip side, the Human Resource Minister, Kula Segaran insisted the administration is capable to create one million job opportunities as promised in the manifesto through multiple initiatives and continuous effort. However, the public perception of PH incapability to fulfil promises brings an argument on how the administration create one million job opportunities.
The PH government have not clarified in specific how are they going to create jobs in the discipline of each and different ministry. Thus, the creation of jobs remained unclear. The people do not aware of how and where the newly created job opportunities are.
To further disclose the mystery of one million jobs promise, the Institute of Political Studies for Change (KPRU) researched and summed up the total jobs created by PH government to assess their capability to create one million jobs within five years.