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Ministry launches RM10 per day hostel for youth, job seekers

Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh says the hostel facility will start operating on Sept 15.

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Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh. Photo: Bernama
Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh. Photo: Bernama

The youth and sports ministry today launched the Youth Capsule (Y-Capsule) @IYCResidence, a hostel facility for youth and job seekers in the city.

Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh said the facility will start operating this Friday and is offered to those aged between 18 and 40 years old for only RM10 per day.

"This programme targets youths who intend to undergo industrial training, are looking for jobs, and individuals who are already employed but do not have a place to stay.

"I hope this (initiative) will encourage more youths to get jobs (in the city) particularly those coming from rural areas," she told reporters after the launching ceremony in Kuala Lumpur today.

The facility at the International Youth Centre in Cheras offers five dormitories with 54 beds and is equipped with cooking facilities, self-service laundry, and internet access, among other things.

Yeoh said the programme under the IYC's management was initiated because, according to statistics, 38% of the homeless population in Kuala Lumpur are young people aged between 18 and 30 years old.

"It is difficult for us to secure funds to build new facilities, so we are utilising existing facilities to implement programmes like this.

"I urge government agencies to create similar facilities for young people," she said.

Yeoh, who is also a member of the National Employment Council, said, according to the Department of Statistics Malaysia, as of the second quarter of this year, out of a total of 16.15 million workers in the country, 6.08 million are young people.

"This means the youth workforce participation rate is 62.9%, with 432,800 people (6.6%) being unemployed," she added.