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When ‘Many’ becomes ‘Too Many’: The Foreign Worker Problem

You may have remarked, whether off-handedly or as an observation, on the seeming abundance of foreign labourers in Malaysia. Well, you can now support your statement with this startling fact: for every ten Malaysians in the workforce, there are four … Continue reading

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Not Everyone Is Good at Studies, But Everyone has a Skill

Currently, 80% of all Malaysian households earn an average of just RM2,500 per month – far from the wages typical of a upper-middle income country. With 77% of our workforce holding only SPM qualifications at best, the government’s ambitious plans … Continue reading

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UMNO-nomics: 2012 subsidy bill expected to hit RM33 billion

Most of us welcome government subsidies, given how they appear to reduce the costs of fuel, electricity and everyday food items at no cost to ourselves. Indeed, we tend to take them for granted, operating under the assumption that subsidies … Continue reading

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UMNO-nomics: No to GST

According to our Prime Minister Dato Sri Najib Razak, Malaysia is a “modern industrial upper middle income country.” Simple statistics easily contradict this bold statement: the average income of 80% of all Malaysian households only comes up to about RM2500 … Continue reading

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UMNO-nomics: Average Malaysian’s debt stands at RM20,000

Often, when the Budget is discussed, we as a nation tend to focus on the projects and handouts. That is not unexpected, especially as the federal government frequently announces various ambitious projects towards which it would be allocating millions or … Continue reading

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Over half of death in custody cases ended up with no further action being taken.

Many sneered at our Home Ministry’s lack of basic math skills when it blundered recently on the actual number of deaths in custody (also covered in REFSA Rojak 30 Mar – 5 Apr). While the error becomes the target of … Continue reading

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77% of our workforce have only SPM-level education, or lower

It’s the time of the year for either fists punching jubilantly in the air, or heads hanging low. Yes, the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) exam results for 2011 were announced recently, much to the anticipation of students nationwide. While the country … Continue reading

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Proton’s price is 53% cheaper in Saudi Arabia

Same set of keys, different price – Saudi Arabians pay half of what a Malaysian would, when buying the same model of the “Malaysian car”. The highest price of brand new Proton Waja, Gen 2 and Persona cars were RM … Continue reading

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Bankrupt by 2020?

At the current growth rate, federal debt will hit RM1 trillion by 2020 2020 is supposed to be the year Malaysia becomes a developed nation. Hold the party streamers though. The needles of our rapidly rising national debt could pop … Continue reading

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Only 0.2% Class F contractors managed to upgrade to a higher class

Only 47 of nearly 29,000 F-class contractors managed to upgrade to E and B class, said Minister of Works  Dato’ Shaziman Bin Abu Mansor in a written reply to YB Dr. Siti Mariah Binti Mahmud (PAS-Kota Raja) on 7 Apr … Continue reading

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