The median monthly household income for Malaysians in 2014 increased by 11.7 percent annually to RM4,585 from RM3,626 in 2012.

The Department of Statistics Malaysia said this in its report on the Household Income and Basic Amenities Survey 2014, held to collect data on the characteristics of Malaysian households.

“The survey was conducted using personal interview approach in a 12-month period in 2014, covering both the urban and rural strata.

“In general, there are four sources of income that can be received (accrued) by households - income from paid employment; self-employed; income from property and investments; and, current transfer received,” it said in a statement.

For the mean monthly household income for Malaysians, it increased 10.3 percent per annum to RM6,141 in 2014 from RM5,000 in 2012, it said.

The Statistics Department said Federal Territory (FT) of Kuala Lumpur recorded the highest median monthly household income of RM7,620, followed by Putrajaya (RM7,512), Selangor (RM6,214), FT Labuan (RM5,684), Johor (RM5,197), Malacca (RM5,029) and Penang (RM4,702).

It said other states recorded the median income below the national level at RM4,585.

The department said Kuala Lumpur recorded the highest mean monthly household income (RM10,629), followed by Putrajaya (RM10,401), Selangor (RM8,252), Labuan (RM7,591) and Johor (RM6,207).

“Other states recorded mean income below the national level (RM6,141),” it said.

The Gini coefficient declined by three percentage points from 0.431 in 2012 to 0.401 in 2014, it said.

“This indicates the improvement in the Malaysian household income distribution,” it said.

- Bernama -Malaysiakini, 22/6/2015

Median monthly household income by state, Malaysia, 2014

RM13 billion allocated for BR1M

RM13 billion allocated for BR1MAhmad said for this year's recipients, 6.4 million recipients received the aid through their bank accounts, while 820,000 received the aid though vouchers.
KUALA LUMPUR: The government has allocated a total of RM13 billion from 2012 to 2015 for distribution of the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) which had benefited almost 7.4 million people.

Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan said this year alone, more than RM5 billion was allocated for the purpose.

"In 2015, those with household income of RM3,000 and below to receive BR1M totalled 4.1 million people, with total BR1M amounting RM3.9 billion.

"For household income of between RM3,001 and RM4,000, the total number of recipients is 400,010 people and the total BR1M was RM300 million and for unmarried youths with income of RM2,000 and below, there are 2.7 million recipients with aid totalling RM947 million," he added.

Ahmad said for this year's recipients, 6.4 million recipients received the aid through their bank accounts, while 820,000 received the aid though vouchers.

He said this in response to a question from Ahmad Lai Bujang (BN-Sibuti) on the number of BR1M recipients who still did not have saving accounts to receive the aid.

To avoid leakage and ensure only those eligible received BR1M, Ahmad said a verification process would be conducted every year by checking with the data obtained from the various government agencies.

The agencies included the National Registration Department, the Inland Revenue Board, Public Service Department and the Employees Provident Fund, he added.- Astro Awani