The drastic increase in the price of essential good and fuel will affect many stratas of society – from the struggling single mother to the family with seven school going kids. Trying to make ends meet will be even harder. Families in the lower income bracket, disabled people with limited income opportunities, pensioners drawing monthly pension of a few hundred ringgits only and senior citizens depending on interests from their lifetime savings kept in fixed deposit are the few categories of people who will hard hit by the inflationary situation that we are all facing.
What will happen to these people should their essential monthly expenditure exceed their income? Missing a meal may not matter much to those who can afford it as they can eat a little more during the next meal. For people who are living from hand-to-mouth they need every ounce of energy they can get from their meager rations so that they can continue working. It is a vicious cycle for them. What will happen if their income is only sufficient for three weeks of a month only? What is being done for these people?