Financial aid for teens welcomed


By Mohd Zahid Ahmad Zaki

KUCHING: The public welcomes a proposal to provide financial assistance to teenagers to get a motorcycle or driving licence.

Former Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) Youth chief Datuk Gerald Rentap Jabu had suggested that the Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) government provide the assistance to children who had reached the age of 17.

Rentap, who is also the Deputy Minister of Youth, Sports and Entrepreneur Development, was speaking at the opening of the Youth and Women convention at the PBB 15th Triennial General Meeting (TGM) at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) here yesterday.

Mahmud Narawi

He said this was to give a head start to the younger generation for them to start venturing into the food delivery industry or other courier and parcel delivery services, such as GrabFood or Foodpanda.

“I would like to suggest that the GPS government provide some financial assistance… maybe RM300 each for our children who are celebrating their 17th birthday to help them to obtain a motorcycle or driving licence.

“According to the data we have, there are about 40,000 of them (who turn 17) every year,” he added.

Mahmud Narawi, 60
(From Demak Laut)
The proposal is good because it can help ease the people’s burden. In addition, parents also do not have to worry about their children on the road because they already have valid licences.

Syamsul Rapi

Syamsul Rapi, 40
(From Semop)
The proposal should be implemented so that more teenagers do not break the law on the road. As we know, many motorcyclists do not actually have licences so this is a very good initiative. At the same time, we can also reduce road offences.

Dayang Rohanah Abg Drashid

Dayang Norjanah Abang Drashid, 62
(From Kuala Rajang)
If the children have valid motorcycle licences, at least we do not have to worry about them. This initiative can also give them the opportunity to generate their own income through food delivery services and so on. I fully support the proposal.

Rohana Kiprawi

Rohana Kiprawi,50
Motorcycle licences are very important because many teenagers do not have them. However, we also know many cannot afford them. Therefore, the move is very important to help these people.

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