Are Malaysians paid fairly for the work they do? That is the question many Malaysians are asking after an article on World of Buzz highlighted the large wage disparity between Malaysia and Singapore. While there are many factors such as cost of living that might have been a factor here, there are other granular reasons that also play a role in enlarging the gap. We speak to Tan E-Hun from REFSA to understand the causes behind this wage disparity.
In a closed-door roundtable held on 21st July 2022, REFSA brought together a collective of policymakers, architects, urban planners, elected representatives and finance professionals to drive the exploration of this topic further.
Prime Minister Dato Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob has said that the reduced chicken subsidy was to enable the money to be chanelled directly as cash aid to Malaysians, since previously the reduced price was benefitting not just Malaysians, but also foreign workers and refugees. First, we discuss whether 'Malaysian-only' policies might end up pushing away foreign workers, and whether Malaysia can survive without them. Next, we get into the kind of aid foreign workers have access to, and what needs to be done here.
Our reflections on Think City's Public Housing Liveability Conference.
The Melaka state elections look like it’s going to be a three-cornered fight at least, all around. Listen to the full discussion between Iskandar Fareez and BFM on the political dynamics ahead of the polls.
Malaysia's tendency to look at the world through the lens of ethnicity naturally colours the discourse on inequality. Inter-ethnic inequalities are held to be self-evident, an unending legacy of the colonial policy of divide and rule.
Urgently, government, policymakers, financial institutions, developers, and related stakeholders must have a clear and purpose-driven strategy that is focused on the outcome of ensuring secure housing for all.