He said the Government would also encourage the hiring of pensioners and retirees in the private and public sector as a way to improve income level and eradicate poverty. Apart from that, he said the Government also hoped to increase the supply of essential consumer goods and improve productivity and wages, as well as increase employment opportunities.
Amirsham, who released the Household Income Survey 2007 figures yesterday, said the Government was confident of generating more employment opportunities with the implementation of mega projects.
On the survey, he said average monthly gross income of Malaysians had grown by 4.3% from RM3,249 in 2004 to RM3,686 last year. The income of rural Malaysians recorded a marked growth of 6.8% (from RM1,875 in 2004 to RM2,283 in 2007 at current price) compared with the 3.3% chalked by the urban people (RM3,956 to RM4,356). “This was due to the improvement in commodity prices and also the infrastructure put in by the Government so that farm produce could reach the market on time,” he said