By Jade (as told to Filzah) __ The conversation was in Malay and English. The conversation has been edited for readability and length. F: Hi Jade, thank you for agreeing to speak to me. Our theme for this blog series is on income inequality. So let’s start with your work history first lah. When you…Read More
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How The Poor Stay Poor
By Chahaya co-written with Mei.__ In 2018, I met Chahaya through a mutual friend. Chahaya has always lived in financial precarity and the pandemic made things worse. Her husband had his hours cut and her children had to shift to online learning, which increased her electricity bills. Her family was thrown into debt again, unable…Read More
Whose Money Is It Anyway?
by Zubaida Ali __ “You know you are getting all this for free right?”, said a medical social worker whose job was to assess and dispense government funds to Rahimah, her client. Never mind that Rahimah is wheelchair bound, suffers from organ failure, needs an external stoma bag in place of a kidney and is…Read More
Editor’s Letter: Income Inequality
by Diana Rahim_ When I started thinking about this letter, I was still processing the announcement by Trade and Industry Minister Gan Kim Yong that food prices are expected to rise due to a rise in energy prices, supply chain bottlenecks and labour shortages. There has also been an increase in bus and train fares…Read More