With Malaysia well into over 100 days since the Movement Control Order (MCO) was put in place in March, a recent survey has revealed a drop in how happy locals are with their quality of life, as compared to pre-COVID times.

Among 5,000 Malaysians surveyed by JobStreet in April, just 35% said they were happy with their quality of life, a significant drop from 77% who said so pre-COVID-19.

While this was so, more than four in 10 candidates (44%) revealed they were unhappy with their quality of life. The decrease in happiness was most observed among locals who had either been permanently retrenched/laid off, or were still employed but had to temporarily stop working due to the pandemic. 

For instance, on a scale of one to 10, 81% those who faced permanent retrenchment/layoffs had rated their quality of life between six to 10 pre-COVID-19. However, a 63% drop was observed, with just 18% in this situation rating their happiness from six to 10.

At the same time, among Malaysians who had to temporarily stop work during this period, 79% had given their happiness a rating of six to 10 pre-COVID-19, but this declined to 29% when rating the current situation.

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