The income of workers in Malaysia is declining, therefore the government led by Muhyiddin Yassin should focus on the needs of the people, not just cronies or company owners, said Najib Razak.
The former prime minister said the monthly income of workers had decreased since the 14th general election (GE14) and continued to decline as the people went through the Covid-19 pandemic since last year.
Najib said the latest data from Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), showing the monthly income of workers including bonuses, overtime (OT) as well as allowances for the manufacturing sector which often rose before GE14, had declined significantly over the past three years. The manufacturing sector is a pillar of the country’s economy.
“The average monthly income for Nov 2020 is only RM3,275, a decrease of around RM600 per month or 20% lower than RM3,863 in December 2018,” he said on Facebook.
He said any government policy and measures to generate employment opportunities should focus on restoring the trend of increasing the people’s monthly income.
“We need to focus more on the people and not just on cronies or company owners,” he said.