As living costs spike, more Malaysians seek help from debt counselling centre

Reason for Debt……..”Johan, who works in information technology, and Diana (not their real names) ended up at the AKPK counselling centre in Kuala Lumpur after finding themselves knee-deep in debts.

With two children to support, they are their wits’ end as the banks have started calling in their loans. The couple realised that they would not be able to pay off their debts with Johan’s monthly salary of RM2,000.

“We have two car loans and credit card debts of more than RM20,000. Every month, we are expected to pay more than RM1,500 to the banks, which we obviously cannot afford,” Johan told The Malaysian Insider.

Diana stopped working early last year to continue her studies. They thought they could manage with one salary, but the cut in fuel subsidy in September hit them hard.

They claimed the fuel subsidy cut had a domino effect on their lives.

“Household items costs a lot more. We found we could not make ends meet. We moved in with my parents to cut cost but it did not help much,” he said.

The constant worry about money and their escalating debts also strained the couple’s relationship.

“We fight almost constantly about money and this has taken a toll on our marriage.

“That is why we decided to come here. We really need help,” Diana said”…………….

Read The Malaysian Insider for full story

Blogger’s comment:- The biggest challenges humans generally face is procrastination and need for instant gratification. The writing is on the wall telling us about the increasing cost of living.

Question is if we still want to remain in our comfort zone ( and enjoy instant gratification) or take action NOW ( fight procrastination)

Call me to explore options to enjoy a better lifestyle

Rama Krishnan

+6012-320 8475

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