Saturday, March 25, 2006

Higher Living Cost

Nowadays the more I read the news, the more I get agitated. Now there is a “warning” issue by one minister that if we would to say anything which is deem offensive we will get caught under ISA. You look at Thailand, there are open demo which criticize the Prime Minister and government in the number of 100,000 people weekly and they are still around. Some will say, it’s lawless but I say its freedom of speech at its best.

Today when my sis bought her normal duck rice with grilled pork she was surprise to know the price is now Rm5.50 increase from Rm4.50 one year ago. You know why? Due to petrol price increase lor. Below is a picture of a RM5.50 rice.

When petrol price increased we were told that ours is the cheapest around the region. But someone has nevertheless forgot that we have others related items like car prices which is still a lot more than our neighbours even after the just announce decrease. Our road tax is higher as compare with our neighbours. This means although their petrol price is higher but it was compensated with the lower price of others. What about us? A better transportation system with more tolls or higher fares? For my breakfast today I ate a very basic vegetarian fried mee hoon with just Choy Sum which cost RM2.50.

Just for the fun a calculation of an average spender, just the basic things to eat, use for a month.

Breakfast
Rm2.50 (Vegetarian mee hoon) + Rm1 (Mineral water)
Rm1.20 (Newspaper)

Lunch
Rm5.50 (rice) + Rm1.50 (Kopi O)

Dinner
Rm5.50 (rice) + Rm1.50 (Kopi O)

In total = Rm18.7, so multiply by 31 to get the cost for a month. It comes up to Rm579.70.
This does not include petrol cost for daily travel, parking, monthly haircut, beauty care, car loans, house loans, eletricity, water, household items and etc.

Can survive? I remember my first job actually pays me Rm180 per month, which was around 20 years ago…..now I guess you need at least Rm1500 net per month to lives "ok"ly.

10 comments:

PhotoCrazy said...

What to do, need to survive and the same time dream on the toys... sigh

SooHK said...

Photocrazy, ya lor got to eat less so more healthy hahaha.

Selba said...

Hmmm... I think other countries are much better than Indonesia. If you compare, our monthly salary and how much we have to spend every month is just not compatible.

SooHK said...

Selba, I think Indonesia is worst than Malaysia. When I was there I could see that the gap is huge...

leecs said...

hmmmmm sometime not sure if 'grass is green on the other side' ?
but i believe this petrol price really bring a lot of negative effect on our daily life.

one hand gahmen said can not subsidy the petrol anymore and need to increase...on the other hand the same gahmen warns the people not to increase the price for the necessities...

.....

on the recently car tax restructuring...one funny thing is that national car still giving one of the lowest percentage of price decreased...

De Book Worm said...

You make me feel guilty that I am not working. Sigh! I feel the pinch too...very much.

Monica said...

I cant afford it here either!

SooHK said...

LeeCS, not sure nowadays what is happening...in our country....everything is not it used to be.....

Debook, I believe most of us will feel the pain, maybe from 10 years to retirement now could become 15 years...

Monica, I guess everywhere is the same..

Lynne said...

YUM!!

SooHK said...

lynne, yummmy but it a bit expensive..nowadays..

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