Cost of Living, Housing Among Top Concerns, Reveals Budget 2017 Survey

Budget 2017 BR1M

Malaysians are mostly concerned about the rising cost of living and housing, an online survey reveals.

The #BAJET2017 survey, featured on the portal of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, was held for two weeks, asking Malaysians to rank their top three concerns out of a list of 15 topics.

The poll found that cost of living topped the list for 26% of the respondents, followed by housing and urban matters (12%) and healthcare services (7%).

Education came in at no. 4 (6%), followed by public security and transparency, jobs and economic development.

The survey was held in conjunction with the tabling of the federal budget, to be held on October 21.

Market researchers are expecting Putrajaya to slash giveaways in favour of economic stability which – coupled with the faltering recovery of oil prices and the decline of the ringgit – has been anything but easy for one of the largest economies in Southeast Asia.


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