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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 30, 2015:

While Deputy International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan is only now urging Malaysians to take on a second job in view of the rising cost of living, there are many who have already been doing just that for years now.

Observations by The Rakyat Post showed that many felt that the current economic situation necessitated these additional jobs to obtain more income but they lamented that whatever money earned was still not enough to meet the increased cost of things.

One woman, who only wanted to be known as Rafika, 27, said apart from having a permanent job in the private sector, she also had a part-time job providing home-cleaning services. She has been doing this for the past two years.

However, she said, her service was not getting good response now because many of her clients had wised up on saving money in the current economic situation.

“Now the part-time job I have is not helping enough because clients have started cleaning their own houses, causing my income to be affected.

“I not only clean houses, I also sell make-up items and tudung (headscarves) to cover daily expenses.

“But in the current economy, my income from that is only RM350 a month,” she said.

This view was also shared by Ayshah, 25, who has been in the online business since her studying days.

She said she was not earning much in her job in the private sector.

“Competition in online business is also increasing, it’s no longer easy conducting an online business.

“Maybe I now need a third job to meet my expenses.

“Previously, my income from my part-time job helped, but now it is barely enough.”

Public sector worker Alfon, 30, said his part-time job as a freelance photographer for the last nine years now was able to contribute well to his monthly income.

He said his basic salary in the public sector made it hard to apply for loans in financial institutions, what more keep up with the rising cost of living.

“Part-time jobs are more lucrative compared with monthly income. I don’t limit my work to just weddings. I also make corporate videos.

“This way, my part-time income is not affected.”

Isma, 27, said that those who had part-time jobs in addition to a permanent one needed to be wise in dividing their time to ensure quality of work.

“I sell cheesy bananas online. At the end of every week, I will meet all orders.

“At the office, I will return after all my work is complete, sometimes staying back late.

“But what to do, if I don’t run my business, it’s hard to survive.”

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