Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said local workers’ services in the wholesale market was needed in view of the insufficient number of workers since foreigners were no longer allowed to work there.
“We are thinking of bringing our youth to work in a better environment with accommodation and transportation needs being arranged, especially when the modern wholesale market is renovated.
“Previously homeless people were being paid about RM1,400 to RM1,600 in the manufacturing sector, I have negotiated (for salaries) up to RM2,400 for those who want to work in the wholesale market,” he said in a Facebook post here, today.
He said apart from that, several sites have been identified around the capital to build cafeterias, gazebos, small shops, as well as kiosks at bus and LRT stations to provide business opportunities for young people.
“Before this, we managed to find job opportunities for the homeless and this time many young people have lost their jobs and are unemployed due to the Movement Control Order (MCO), so now we are here to help them,” he said.
He said his ministry was also planning to offer a ‘rent and buy’ scheme to young people in the B40 group, aged 35 years and below, to have their first home.
“As many as 1,000 units of three-bedroom houses will be offered with a monthly rent of about RM800 to RM850 to them pending the completion of the construction of affordable houses priced at RM200,000 and below.
“They can rent for a few years, after that when we have completed the affordable homes, they can buy these houses and part of the rent will be returned to them as a rebate for the use as deposit,” he said.