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Hope for Jobless Rural Youth

July 18, 2013 | National News

PUTRAJAYA: THE government will be assisting some one million rural youth who are either underemployed or unemployed.

Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal said most of them who were jobless were school dropouts and Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia school leavers who did not have the opportunity to further their studies.

"Some of them are unemployed and some are helping their families such as those from the indigenous groups who are helping their parents in the plantation sector because they do not have other employment opportunities.

"Some left school at Form Three and private companies did not want to take them because of a lack of qualifications.

"These are the groups we will help," he said after chairing a taskforce on rural transformation committee meeting here yesterday.

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