Pinning hope on a much better year

Former cycling coach Azmy Mohamad hopes the New Year will bring stability  and for all to be able to get back to a life of normalcy.  PIC COURTESY OF AZMY MOHAMAD Former cycling coach Azmy Mohamad hopes the New Year will bring stability and for all to be able to get back to a life of normalcy. PIC COURTESY OF AZMY MOHAMAD

PETALING JAYA: The year 2020 can be summed up as one of the most distressing periods in recent times, following the global spread of Covid-19 which changed the lives of the world’s population.

The world, as the people know it, is no longer the same.

However, the change which saw tragic deaths, severe economic setback leading to billions in losses as well as massive job cuts, has influenced the resolution of many as they stride into 2021 with optimism.

Azmy Mohamad, 42, is still struggling to make ends meet for his family after losing his job as a cycling and fitness coach last year. But the hardship did not leave him wallowing in despair.

As a freelancer, among others, he held online fitness classes and took up delivery jobs to ensure a steady flow of income and financial stability.

He hardly celebrated his birthday, which was on Saturday, as the jobs kept him busy.

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“It was the toughest year for me. The gyms had to close because of Covid-19 and I became a freelancer overnight.

“I had to do anything I could to put food on the table. I am also taking care of my elderly parents.

“I started doing deliveries using my motorcycle. But the last couple of months have been a boon for me, as more movement was allowed.

“I have also resorted to using my social media channels to engage with those interested in online fitness classes and coaching. It is not easy but I am persevering, nonetheless.”

Azmy expressed hope for the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines, that are expected to be made available soon.

“Although I am still struggling to pick up the pieces after all that has happened, I pray for the vaccines to work, so I can return to my former job and take care of my parents better.”

As for Shahir Ali, 43, he hoped for Malaysian companies to prioritise local talents who were desperately looking for jobs, instead of relying on highly-paid expatriates.

The father of two school-going children with an extensive background in local and foreign theme park attractions close to 20 years, Shahir had been doing odd-jobs to help supplement the household income.

“I lost my job last year because theme parks had to close indefinitely. Thankfully my wife is still working.

Shahir Ali hopes Malaysian companies will prioritise local talents over expatriates during the pandemic. BERNAMA PIC Shahir Ali hopes Malaysian companies will prioritise local talents over expatriates during the pandemic. BERNAMA PIC

“I have been doing odd jobs here and there to help out with the bills and living expenses, which we had reduced.

“I am continuing the job search in any segment or industry. I realise that job opportunities are limited, especially for those like me at my age. But I’m not fussy and will grab just about anything that crops up.”

Ashleigh Lim, a former marketing head in the retail sector who was retrenched last year, said she was determined to realise her new year’s resolution, which entailed improving financial management and skills for future jobs.

“I haven’t landed a full-time job as the market has also shrunk severely.

“For this new year, I resolve to strive to succeed on my own since I have started freelancing for some months now.

“I will continue to reduce my expenditure and look for bargains for just about anything and everything to ensure that every ringgit is stretched.

” I plan to take up online learning and upskilling courses that are free so that I am better equipped and a more attractive prospect when it comes to hiring.”

Lim remained positive despite the ongoing difficulties.

“I also strive to be more proactive. Perseverance is key in accepting that there will be much more rejections to stomach before success can be achieved.

“I just hope that this new year will turn out to be a much better and brighter one for all of us.”

By Azdee Amir.

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