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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A third of workers below poverty line

According to the Ministry of Human Resource, Malaysia, a third of workers are BELOW poverty line. 
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.....


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11 comments:

RedVixen said...

Wow.. i didn't know it was that bad. 34% is quite a lot. to me it seems like the goverment didn't even give a damn about that.

kyle said...

haha....government is a sensitive issue....we know about it, we can whisper about it, but we can't dicuss openly about it, so lets meet in dreams tonight, hehehe.....1am ok? :P

SyArk BudAk NaKaL said...

whoah... its quite a shock..

aibaks said...

speechless..

aibaks said...

dude.. heard about the new etp? got a lot of coming "money" for the gomen.. thou it gives burden to us.. whats ur opinion?

kyle said...

aibaks: just heard, even a casino project is being considered in my state (sabah), NOOOOO!!!
what a way to boost economy....lol...

syark: klu x kuar statistic, xrase pon sebyk tue kan? huhuhu....byk lagi yg kite x nmpk

Mawar Merah said...

They need to find a starting point to get out of poverty. Do anything (yg baik2 je la, jgn plak mencuri) like getting a job, education and get help from the gov. There is always a way to everything. Cakap mmg sng kan? But I am one of them who successfully went out of poverty. But mesti ingat, semua rezeki dtg dr Allah. Dia boleh ambik balik bila2 masa je.

DKosongLapan said...

700? errmmm... tak cukup tuuuu.....dengan rege baghang yang sentiase naikkk.....tapi gaji jaghang naikkk

kyle said...

mawar merah: that's true :) first, mrk sendiri kene ade initiatif utk berusaha gak...klu asyik harapkan bantuan dan keluh je... xguna... :)
i liked your point :P

D08: rege baghang naikk, ABC kesayangan Kyle pon naikkkkkkkkk...dari rm1.50 jadi rm2, dah la jadi cket...huhuhu

ahsiang - known as "吹水 - CHUI SUI" previously said...

ask Dr M to take out all his 'hidden' money, we could be richer than Singapore! :P

as-syahir said...

in my opinion...come up wit a petition to cut up 5% of monthly salary for all parliament members to be given to the poor.they,ve been paid too much for their works.somehow they keep whining they need higher pay to avoid bribery.....besides a leader should do wat a leader should do right?
as for us, we should learn to give more.because most malaysians kinda has this stupid habit to let anything go wasted rather give it up to the needy.ex:most malaysians dont finish their food...