Friday, June 13, 2008
Don't forget the middle class!
Everyone's feeling the pinch with the increase in fuel and food prices. No one's spared. The lower income, of course, is the hardest hit. But don't forget the middle class, who forms the majority of Malaysians. These are the salaried workers, who have their money deducted monthly and still have to pay more at the end of the year. Unlike the rich fat cats, they have no creative accountants to help them pay less to the IRD. The middle class are the "neither rich and neither poor" - but with the hike in prices, many are drifting towards the poor category. Worse, we are not qualified for most aid. The designations and salaries we carry don't help either, so the children lose out to others when it comes to scholarships. Sure, we understand there are more deserving cases but when you earn an average of RM3,500 or less and you have a family and live in the Klang Valley, you have a serious budget problem. The starting pay for graduates is around RM1,800-RM2,000, and after the rent, food and car loan, they still need support from daddy and mummy. Will anyone listen to the middle class?