34% earn less than RM700 a month.
Though this statistic was revealed few months ago, i doubt the figure dwindled much.
So, let us think about it. 34%, that is a huge number, meaning out of 10 people walking on the street, about 3-4 person are living below poverty line. That is last year. Marching into this new year, fuel price increased twice, foods increased, children's school fees increased, even government tax increased. With just less than RM700 a month, how are they suppose to make ends meet?
RM700, as a student, it is only sufficient to cover my own food and house rent for a month.
If a person earning this low, with 3 children and a wife, how is he going to pay for things? Prioritize? which should come first? Food? Children's school fees? Medical emergencies? Electric bills?
There's too much going on now, things are getting more and more expensive by the days, even with a household salary of RM3000 a month is just sufficient to cover 2 children and a wife, barely.
It's saddening to hear this statistic, and there are people close to me whom are categorised in that below-poverty-line group.
What can we do to help? I am clueless.....
reference: ministry of human resource malaysia