The man is grateful he can buy 5kg of rice with his overtime pay.
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As Hari Raya Aidilfitri draws near, some Malaysians are financially stressed.
Unlike civil servants getting a Hari Raya bonus of RM700, many private sector employees struggle to make ends meet for the festive season.
A factory worker took to Facebook to voice his frustration with coping with a meagre salary of RM1,100 per month.
What mostly caught netizens’ attention was that his overtime worked to a mere RM0.0881 per minute.
Having clocked in 200 minutes of overtime, that earned him RM17.62 extra.
He said half of his pay went to house rent while the rest was spent on groceries and children.
At the same time, he lamented there is no duit raya from his employer.
Despite the hardship, he is grateful that the overtime pay is still enough to buy 5kg of rice.
Fellow netizens empathised with his situation and advised him to find a better job instead.
They said many jobs, such as working at petrol stations, could pay more than his current job.
It’s Always About The Money
In any case, his problem is all too common for Malaysians.
Many also took to social media to voice their grievances.
These people are cash-strapped because the Hari Raya celebration falls halfway through the month.
They have finished their last drawn salary and cannot get advance payments from their employers.
Out of desperation, some have resorted to putting the QR code of their e-wallet on social media.
They hope random strangers will be kind enough to give them money and bring festive cheer.
ada sapa2 nk bagi duit raya ker berkongsilah sedikit rezeki hampa untuk insan2 yang memerlukan 😭.. ps gaji awai bulan serupa x raya la mat .. bantuin lah saya .. yang mana membantu tu semoga allah permurahkan rezeki hampa sekeluarga 🤲 pic.twitter.com/IJoat7dTQ1— carl xavier( abg botak) (@KarlBowTuck) April 20, 2023
However, not everyone agrees with such moves.
They feel that any donations should be given to the less fortunate.
They also advised others to practice prudent spending and only buy necessary things.