“During election, we were hoping for a government that will provide stability and opportunities”

By : Farid Khosim

‘Adulting’ is what some people may call.

The MOF statement released yesterday was a shocking news for me, who directly involve and consider myself as a proud engineer of the Malaysia’s MRT – Transport Infrastructure Mega Projects.

Being a Gamudian, past 2 years have been an amazing journey. Like most fresh graduates I supposed, I was eager to start working, but wonder what are the expectations in the industry. How difficult it would be for us to apply those knowledge gained at the university and schools?

But, Alhamdulillah it was a smooth sailing. I have a very supportive superiors and colleagues. Besides, the company has been very generous in financing for trainings. This year alone, i have attended 8 technical and management training and none of my training requests have been rejected, so long that I manage my work effectively. Well, being single (lol) allows me to go for trainings, and still come over to office before or after to settle any urgent works.

Building trust and rapport, gaining knowledge, creating friendship, solving problems and knowing that all this works will be beneficial to many, definitely lead to ultimate self-satisfaction. I have no regret to start working and taking advantage of the high-skilled local mega projects rather than to pursue a PhD, not yet.

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Offer letter, photo from Farid’s FB. 

Indeed, life is very fragile. I remembered reading somewhere, nothing is affirmed in life except getting sick, older, and death. I couldn’t agree more.

It is surreal when one day you‘re enjoying your work-life, then not long after you realised that your team and those familiar faces are at risk of loosing their jobs. Thousands.

There are so many people like me, given the platform to learn and contribute at our level-best, and also those very experienced which are very open and supportive, working together as a team on this MRT project.

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Inside the Tunnel Boring Machine, photo from Farid’s FB. 

Hence, for those elected ministers, I expect nothing less than a clear direction and policy. Maybe I’m too naive to understand ‘financial crisis’, but during election, we were hoping for a government that will provide stability and opportunities.

Please don’t tell us to start a business. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, and you can’t expect a fresh graduate to start an engineering firm.

Please stop being populist.

Hopefully, this writing finds it’s way to the YB Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman. Belia perlukan suara anda.

P/s: these are just my humble writing as a Malaysia citizen, working directly on the project.


Farid Khosim is an M&E Engineer at Gamuda Engineering Sdn Bhd.The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini.

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