The average monthly income per capita for Malaysia derived from the Household Income Survey 2009 came up to RM1168, only a slight increase from the figure of RM1028 in 2007.
For Sarawak, the figure was RM974 per month in 2009 compared to RM899 in 2007. That would translate to RM11688 for the whole of 2009. (Compare that to Sarawak’s GDP per person amounting to RM30318 in 2009, based on Department of Statistics reports, making it the ‘richest’ state in the country in terms of the production of goods and services. So where has all that wealth gone?)
In 2009, the average monthly income per capita for Malaysia was as follows (Sarawak figures in brackets):
Bottom 40 per cent of households – RM404 (RM312)
Middle 40 per cent of households – RM1056 (RM822)
Top 20 per cent of households – RM3124 (RM2600)
These figures are from a written response to a question raised in Parliament on 12 June 2012 by Chong Chieng Jen, the MP for Kuching.
The figures for the top bracket may not reflect the astonishing amounts ‘earned’ by the corrupt and their cronies, which are in all likelihood under-reported. Then there are the huge leakages out of the country.