As young but eternally exhausted working adults, it’s really
hard to have a social life let alone a dating life.
We don’t have the time and most depressingly, we don’t have the money as Twitter user @meinmokhtar pointed out.
Makan for two RM30
Wayang for two RM30
Bubble tea for two RM30
Duit minyak, tol, parking RM30
Tudia just a regular date dah cost about RM120. Betul orang cakap, kalau miskin ni jangan la ajk perempuan keluar. Nanti kena kutuk tak gentleman sebab tak belanja. Lol
— mein (@meinmokhtar) June 10, 2019
In the tweet which garnered 12,000 retweets, he broke down the price of going on a date in Malaysia and estimated total cost to be RM 120.
Meal for two RM 30
Movie for two RM 30
Bubble tea for two RM30
Petrol/ Tolls/ Parking Fee RM 30
Total RM 120
You see, a regular date costs about RM 120. It’s true what people say. If you’re poor, don’t ask a girl out lah. Otherwise, you’ll be ridiculed for being ungentlemanly for not paying
His tweet sparked a discussion on the platform as netizens weigh in with advice and examples of their own.
Perks of dating me:
Makan at my house, I’ll make Spaggheti
Wayang at my house – netflix
Bubble tea – replace with Coke and vanilla ice cream on top
Duit minyak, tol Rm30
Total Rm30 https://t.co/g4Ct4K51yw
— Salty (@Blairnath) June 11, 2019
Remove the bubble tea and bring along mineral water, makes u look healthier and also pergi wayang waktu promotion. Or do it equally, if the girl needs to be treated like a queen, she needs to treat u like a king. Divide the bills.
— nina (@ninslokiee) June 10, 2019
Makan for two RM20 (on me)
Wayang for two RM0 (both tak layan wayang)
Mykori for one share two RM20 (her)
Duit minyak RM20 (me)
Tol RM10 (Her)
Benda boleh jimat… Date mengikut kemampuan.
— FMS (@FitmanMalaysia) June 10, 2019
Paling jimat bila keluar for me.
Makan for two Rm15
Each a cup Rm 12
Duit minyak, parking RM 18
Total Rm 55
True story and im the one who pay all.
P.s mkn mamak
— ZF (@zack_zarif) June 11, 2019
Wayang RM75 (sekali popcorn)
Auntie Anne RM30
Duit minyak, parking RM30
Jumlah kerugian RM215.
— Jardani Jovonovich (@pemberontak111) June 10, 2019
Some even pointed out that RM 30 for two meals is not enough in this day and age:
Makan for two RM30 tu dia makan kau tengok jer kan.
— #TeamRayaSebulan (@ajud_hebat) June 10, 2019
Translation: That RM30 meal for two is her eating and you watching right?
Apa benda makan 30 ingit. Makan madam kwan pun for 2 dah 150 wtf
— b0sqUe (@d3spb0i_) June 10, 2019
Translation: What do you mean RM 30? Two meals at Madam Kwan is already RM150
This discussion alludes to the rising cost of living in Malaysia along with a decline in the starting salaries for graduates with a basic and Master’s degree in 2018 as revealed in the Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) 2018 Annual Report.
Another 2018 report by BNM also estimates the living wage range for Kuala Lumpur is between RM2,700 and RM6,500 per month. That’s WAYYYY higher that the RM1,100 minimum wage.
So far, there doesn’t seem to be any serious measures to address this issue. Although, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng was reported saying that government will investigate why the current low inflation does not translate to lower cost of living.
Right now we can only hope for the best and try to get a little more creative with cost-saving dating ideas.
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