Recently the Majlis Perbandaran Kuantan (MPK) or Kuantan Municipal Council opened up 27 job vacancies, and they ended receiving an overwhelming response of close to 9,000 applications.
Some of them even came and met the president of the council, Datuk Azizan Ahmad directly to beg for the job.
They were told to let the selection process handle the hiring.
The statistics are showing a worrying trend of unemployment problem, which has been plaguing the country for many years. While the national statistic shows that Malaysia’s unemployment rate still falls below the 4% mark, there have been cases of too many job seekers vying for a small number of vacancies.
In June 2008, Pahang Youth and Sports Committee chairman Datuk Wan Adnan Wan Mamat told the press that there were some 8,400 unemployed youths in Pahang, and one of the main reasons identified is because the job seekers are too choosy.
Another factor is that many of them were unwilling to relocate and take up jobs away from their hometown. The Pahang government is now streamlining activities and events that can bring the job seekers and employment opportunities together, such as job fairs, walk-in interviews, career talks and counseling sessions.
Also, the Youth Committee has also introduced the Youth Economic Fund Scheme, in which unemployed job seekers who are keen to explore business ventures can apply for financial loans amounting between RM5,000 to RM50,000, especially for agriculture related businesses.