Malaysia and the younger generation – survey
KUALA LUMPUR – A national survey conducted by KAJIDATA Research revealed that 57% of Malaysian youths are happy with their lives.
A survey amongst young Malaysians was conducted to ascertain what they thought about life and current issues in Malaysia. An overwhelming 94.2% responded that they are concerned about the current issues in Malaysia. When asked what were their expectations for the future, 44.9% suggested that they expected it to get better, 33.9% are expecting it to get worse and 38.6% stated there will be no foreseeable change.
Further along the study, 70% of the respondents suggested that they are happy and contented with their families. When probed on what they thought about their current living conditions, 56.5% stated that they are satisfied and contented with the comfort of their homes. However, 22.7% have stated they are not satisfied with their current standard of living in contrast to the 32% who are satisfied and 45.2% who are neutral.
When asked about their employment, 44.5% of the respondents are satisfied with their current occupation, 38.3% are on the fence and only 17.1% of the respondents who are not satisfied with their current profession. However, only 29.6% of the participants stated that they are happy and contented with their current income. The balance 27.8% stated their dissatisfaction and 42.6% chose to remain neutral.
Malaysia 15-20 years ago.
When probed to determine how much the youths agree or disagree that the current generation has better educational opportunities than 15 to 20 years ago, 72.3% responded in agreement. However, 38% stated that opportunities for high paying job are much less compared to 15 to 20 years ago with 37.4% on the opposite end of the scale and 24.6% claiming neutrality or no change. Nonetheless, 43.6% of the younger generation revealed that the standard and quality of living in Malaysia are much better compared to 15-20 years past.
Challenges faced by the younger generation.
Out of the 1,000 Malaysians surveyed, an overwhelming 80% of the challenges faced are focused on:
- The national economic crisis, High cost of living / GST / current oil prices / basic and daily necessities (50.6%)
- Financial problems / debt burden (12.5%)
- Social issues / promiscuity (5.4%)
- Difficult to get housing / home price increased (4.4%)
- Political stability (4%)
The opinion poll was carried out by KAJIDATA Research Sdn. Bhd. The poll was conducted from 16 May 2017 to 1 June 2017 to ascertain the perception of youths in Malaysia. A total of 1,000 Malaysian young adults aged 21 to 35 comprising of 58.1% Malays, 20% Chinese, 9.5% Indians, 8.0% Bumiputra Sabah, 3.3% Bumiputra Sarawak, 0.3% Orang Asli and 0.8% Others were interviewed by telephone in the poll. Respondents were selected on the basis of random stratified sampling along ethnicity, gender, age and state according to the national demographics. The survey was conducted via Computer Aided Telephone Interview (CATI). The complete cross-tabulation report can be obtained by contacting KAJIDATA Research.