Malaysian parliament building, Jan 2014. Wikimedia Commons

The Star-Oct 21

The recent reports encapsulated a thorny issue that has underlined a perennial problem for Malaysia. The State of Households 2018 showed the big problem of income disparity where residents in the richer states have a lion’s share of income in the country. The one that stands out is real average income between the top 20% households (T20) and the middle 40% (M40) and bottom 40% (B40) households, which has almost doubled compared to two decades ago.


First published in: The Star