Escalating property prices have resulted in many Malaysians being unable to afford homes. Though a number of schemes have been launched to address this, potential homeowners may need to change their mindset and consider renting instead.
Anticipating higher cost of living ahead, Malaysian consumers are becoming increasingly cautious in their spending, and have developed more rigorous and aggressive coping mechanisms. While this may present challenges to brand owners and marketers, it also presents them opportunities aplenty.
We need to address the supply of skilled labour to meet demand if we want to achieve developed nation status, warns a new report by Khazanah Research Institute.
Wealth inequality has a more significant impact on society than income inequality, says a Khazanah Research Institute report on the state of Malaysian households.
My mother recently turned 76 and I am thankful I was able to wish her well and, more importantly, that she still remembers who I am. For me, it’s a big deal that she remembers this. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about 10 years ago, which came on the heels of a major stroke […]
Many young professionals are irresistibly drawn to the rising number of trendy eateries popping up across the Klang Valley. The strain, how to balance the need to socialise at restaurants with other financial responsibilities, especially if they need to save to purchase their first homes and cars or even plan for marriage.
Everything is going up, up, up, from petrol prices to food and housing, everyday Malaysian’s are feeling the pinch. In this episode we speak to a cross section of Malaysian’s to find out how they are learning to adapt to this new reality. We speak to a retired school teacher in Ipoh, a family man […]
Much has been said about providing affordable homes for the lower to medium income groups, especially in light of the high cost of living. Both the private sector and the government have pledged to build such homes. But how is all this impacting the property sector?
In this episode, Sharmila Valli Narayanan, a part-time writer shares her experiences while she was living on minimum wage.
It’s time Malaysia amended its bankruptcy law to give debtors a second chance in life.
Living on minimum wage (or trying hard to) for a few months opens up the eyes of an insulated middle class woman to the hardships that face the minimum wage earner. She also learns that one can really go through life with less.
It’s time to ditch the credit card and lead a debt-free life!
Do you ever wonder why some people use their motorcycle as though it’s a car by packing up to four people on it? Because if you are 100 per cent reliant on the public transport, it can drain you financially and emotionally.
The Minimum Wages Order 2012 was finally enforced on January 1 this year when minimum wages were set at RM900 and RM800 monthly for Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia, respectively. Is this a realistic amount? A Business Circle writer speaks from personal experience.