WHEN my mother first started working in the first hotel in Kuala Lumpur more than 30 years ago, her pay was RM120. Today, the same job in the same hotel starts with a basic pay of RM400.
This may not represent the exact pay scale increase for other professions in Malaysia, but it does show that ordinary Malaysians have a long way to catch up with the global economy.
We have seen an increase of salary of less than a multiple of four in 30 years for the same job in Malaysia.
I wonder what is the future for ordinary Malaysians like me.
If left behind in this global rat race, middle class Malaysians would be looking left and right (and probably out of Malaysia) to find ways to increase their disposable incomes/cash flow.
We need to ask if working class Malaysians will be able to support themselves with minimal pay increase.