RAKYAT Malaysia always complain about the country especially on the high prices of goods, food, transport, houses and so many others.
But did you know that among the 10 Asean countries, Malaysia’s cost of living in 2017 is the lowest?
Let’s take a look at a few examples.
Kuala Lumpur the cheapest among 133 cities in the world
In a global survey by the London-based magazine the Economist, its intelligence unit has revealed that the cost of living in Malaysia is the lowest among Asean member countries in 2017.
The Economist survey compared the prices of goods and services in 133 cities around the world.
The magazine found that Kuala Lumpur and the rest of Malaysia has the lowest cost of living compared to other Asean members which are Singapore, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, the Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar, Brunei and Cambodia.
So the rakyat should be thankful because eventhough our economy is challenging, it is still cheaper compared to other Asean countries.
Malaysia’s cost of living is low thanks to the government’s efforts
Commenting on the survey’s findings, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said this positive assessment is the result of various efforts undertaken by the government to reduce the burden of the cost of living on Malaysians.
Bernama reported recently that the low cost of living are due to so many efforts by the government to help the rakyat.
The government has done so much for the rakyat and it is time that the rakyat be thankful as we are better off compared to other countries.
Some of the government’s efforts to ensure the cost of living is low
The government has done a lot to ensure that the high cost of living remains low.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib said it has done a lot to ease the people’s burden related to the rising cost of living.
Among the efforts is the price control of goods.
The Domestic Trade, Consumerism and Cooperative Ministry makes sure that prices of essential goods such as rice, fish, chicken and cooking oil do not become so expensive.
To ensure that prices of goods do not become expensive, the government impose ceiling prices.
This is to prevent from traders making too much profit and burden the rakyat.
Government introduces BR1M (1Malaysia People’s Aid)
One way the government can help the rakyat is to introduce the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia to help the poor and low income families as well as young Malaysians who are not married yet.
Although a lot of people have said so many negative things about BR1M, it is proven that BR1M has helped a lot of people to survive.
BR1M has been succesfull and the rakyat likes it.
The government will also slowly increase the amount it in the future for the benefit of the rakyat.
No more middlemen
When the rakyat go to the market, the prices of goods such as chicken eggs or vegtables are expensive.
This is due to the middleman which is a person who arrange the meeting between the seller and the buyer.
In the old days, a vegetable seller do not know how to sell his lettuce or spinach.
He needs the middleman to help him sell the vegetables.
But this will burden the rakyat as the prices of the vegetables will be more expensive.
This is because the middleman wants to make some profit.
That is why the government introduced the Pasar Tani programme to make sure that the prices of vegetables and fruits are not too expensive.
The Pasar Tani is another effort by the government to help keep cost down.
Government programmes to help the rakyat and lower cost
The Prime Minister also said the government always help to improve the people’s income through various training and education programmes.
This include the National Entrepreneur Group Economic Fund (Tekun Nasional ), the Retail Shop Transformation Programme (Tukar), the Bumiputera Agenda Steering Unit (Teraju), the Bumiputera Entrepreneurs Start-up Scheme (Superb), the Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara), the Young Entrepreneurs Fund; and the e-Rezeki and Facilitation Fund.
So the government is always there to help the rakyat as well as make sure that the cost of living is low.
Programmes to help lower cost of living
The government has also implemented programmes to help lower cost such as the 1Malaysia People’s Shop (KR1M); the 1Malaysia Housing Programme (PR1MA), the 1Malaysia Clinics and the 1Malaysia Book Voucher.
These are some of the programmes which can help improve the quality of people’s lives and help them in their daily expenses.
PR1MA housing for example plans to build 500,000 affrodable homes for the rakyat which will help them to find a house as the houses in the property market is very expensive.
Build good transport infrastrucutre
The government knows that transport can be very expensive for the rakyat as they have to pay for petrol and toll everyday.
That is why the government build the MRT and the LRT for the benefit of the rakyat as it is cheaper compared to owning a car.
And to further show that the government wants to keep the cost low, it allows the rakyat to top up their Touch N Go cards even at below RM30.
Because the government knows that if the top up is set at a minimum of RM30, it would be aburden for the rakyat and it will not be able to keep cost low.
More needs to be done
However, Datuk Seri Najib said efforts to reduce the burden of the rising cost of living must continue.
In his official blog najibrazak,com, the Prime Minister said in his blog entitled ”Prime Minister’s Speech on the Quality of People’s Life,” the government will work hard to tackle the issue of inflation.
It will be the focus of the government in a bid to transform Malaysia into a fully-developed, high-income nation.