Ah Yuk, 52, has been unemployed for more than 20 months after being sacked by a department store in 1998. 'I have tried and tried to find a job but I'm desperately frustrated by employers' attitudes,' she said. 'I applied for a job as a restaurant cashier but the employers kept telling me to wait or to take another job as a toilet cleaner,' she said. Since then, Ah Yuk has been deterred from seeking work, saying some employers deliberately lowered wages because of her age. 'In some jobs like cleaning, people are required to work 10 to 12 hours a day for only $3,000 a month. I don't think I could take up such a job,' she said. Although the Government claims the economy is recovering, Ah Yuk said she had not felt the benefits. 'Maybe the rich can feel it. For the poor, everything remains as bad as before.'