Income crunch set to fuel illicit cigarette trade

LOSS of jobs, salary cuts and reduced employment opportunities are causing financial difficulties for many consumers throughout Malaysia, with such situation set to fuel illicit trade exponentially.

Global consumer advocacy group Consumer Choice Centre (CCC) derived at the above conclusion following the recent Department of Statistics Malaysia’s (DOSM) Salaries & Wages Report 2020 which found median monthly salaries and wages recording a double-digit decline of 15.6% to RM2,062.

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