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28,000 in Sabah lifted out of poverty in first half of 2017

 | November 22, 2017

Success due to poverty eradication programmes carried out by state and federal agencies, says state minister of rural development.

Radin-MallehKOTA KINABALU: Close to 30,000 people were lifted out of poverty in the first half of the year, the Sabah state assembly heard today.

Responding to a question from Abdul Muis Picho (Umno-Sebatik), state Rural Development Minister Radin Malleh said 28,642 people were lifted out of poverty thanks to poverty eradication programmes.

“Various programmes were and are being carried out by agencies of the state and federal governments, such as Ko-Nelayan, Rural Development Corporation, Sabah Land Development Board, Yayasan Usaha Maju and Malaysia Fisheries Development Authority,” he said.

“These efforts also involve NGOs, the private sector, local leaders and various institutions.”

Last month, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan said the incidence of poverty in all states had declined, but most significantly in Sabah where the rate fell from 4% in 2014 to 2.9% in 2016.

“This success reflects the unshakeable commitment and efforts by both the state government under Chief Minister Musa Aman and the federal government.

“The strength of their close relationship has delivered positive results for the people of Sabah.”

However, an economist in September said the poverty rate among some groups in Malaysia was comparable to that in parts of Africa and South Asia, despite the official poverty rate of only 0.6%.

In a report by The Edge daily, Muhammed Abdul Khalid, who is founder and managing director of DM Analytics, said poverty stood at 33% among the Orang Asli, 20% among the Sabah Bumiputera and 7% among the Sarawak Bumiputera.

The poverty rate among the old also exceeded the national figure, while the prevalence of stunted children below five years of age was at 20.7%, according to a recent Voluntary National Review report by the Economic Planning Unit.

The DM Analytics chief economist said this was higher than the rate in some African countries, which was surprising given Malaysia’s standing as an upper middle-income country.


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