The current pandemic has raised concerns about the Malaysian healthcare system among youths. Youths are generally satisfied with the current healthcare system but believe a greater budget is needed. While Malaysians have received rapid vaccinations, many COVID-19 patients were turned away from receiving necessary care in hospitals as wards were overwhelmed very quickly. Youths want to see better funding in our public healthcare system to avoid overburdening our healthcare system.
Furthermore, a large number of youths think that the government should increase resources for mental health services. The fear of getting COVID-19 and the loss of loved ones have increased cases of depression, anxiety and stress among the general public. Provisions of mental healthcare currently face a shortage of mental health professionals and an unequal distribution of access to mental health services, especially in rural areas. As the youths of today are faced with newer and tougher challenges in life, mental health is taken extremely seriously by youths.