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While politicians argue over how much Malaysia's gross national income (GNI) per capita has increased by over 40 percent, the people on the street seem to have benefitted little from the purportedly improved economy.

Many in the lunchtime crowd around the Bangsar LRT station and the nearby Dataran Maybank approached by Malaysiakini last Friday, said that though their wages have increased, their expenses have also gone up.

"No, although the economy has improved, we also see inflation and prices rise... Although it (the GNI per capita) has increased, we do not feel it. As high it went, expenses have kept up," said accounts manager Julianisa Azrin...