20 Mar '13, 2am

The myth of the rich and poor - by Anas Alam Faizli (TMI)

by Anas Alam Faizli The Malaysian Insider MARCH 20, 2013 MARCH 20 ― “They are simply lazy” “His father is a Tan Sri” “He knows someone from the inside” “I made it purely out of effort; I worked hard to get where I am today” These are some typical expressions that are sure to be heard in coffee chats, every time the topic of rich and poor is brought up. People have grown easily accustomed to brushing off the topic of inequality as welfarist or socialist. This happens even amongst supposedly “middle class” Malaysians, not realising that they are in actuality, most likely top income earners and wealth owners. Households earning RM10,000 a month and above already qualify as top 4 per cent Malaysians! In fact, while partisan voices continue their discourse in the racial imbalance tone, Malaysia has silently migrated into new battles, concerning intra-racial, income, and class-b...

Full article: http://blog.limkitsiang.com/2013/03/20/the-myth-of-the-ri...

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