MIC also seeks to help those in the lower-income B40 group.
The Malaysian Institute of Economic Research says the problem lies in the labour market as Malaysians are paid very low wages.
Mahathir says other businesses too are suffering under the economic leadership of Najib Razak and that since he could not find a buyer, The Loaf was closed down.
He says federal government does not hold to the original spirit of government-linked companies to help the poor.
Klang MP Charles Santiago says many are struggling to make ends meet despite second finance minister's claim that 'economy is doing well'.
The situation in economically depressed Venezuela is so dire, workers at one zoo are slaughtering animals to feed others.
The government argues that the worst is over, pointing to 14 straight quarters of economic growth, but many Italians have yet to feel the benefits of the upturn.
Dagestan, bordering Chechnya, is one of the poorest and most unstable regions of Russia.
PSM lawmaker says study on Amanah Saham Bumiputera shares shows 72% of shareholders only have average of RM554 each.
The Malaysian Institute of Economic Research’s Shankaran Nambiar says while 2017 was a good year, there remain major risks to the economy from high household and public debts.
On the other hand, the poorest 50% cumulatively did not make any money.
Economist Yeah Kim Leng says those holding mid and low-level jobs have not seen much increase in their wages but the rich are able to use their resources to make more money.
In voicing concern over an unemployed man being jailed for stealing food, two lawyers say the courts must be more sensitive and ensure sentences help reform perpetrators, not lead to more problems.
Cultural events featuring artistes from India make big bucks, but is anything ever channelled towards helping the Indian community, writer asks.
Sheila Majid was only speaking up for the poor and voiceless in the country.
They gather in Putrajaya and refuse to leave until they meet Najib Razak or are chased out by the police.
Booming economic growth has lifted millions in the region out of extreme poverty since the 1980s, but the wave of prosperity has not guaranteed upward mobility and economic security for large swathes of the population.
MP says focus of government should now be on Indians involved in crime and who need vocational training to escape grip of poverty.
Many Indian leaders within PKR and DAP will feel Hindraf is encroaching onto their turf if it were to field candidates in the coming general election, says Michael Jeyakumar.
Charles Santiago says the underclass, in which people are employed but poor, will return 'with a vengeance' if not addressed.
Economist Madeline Berma says data on income inequality does not necessarily reflect the reality on the ground.
Grateful residents turn to a cupboard in a mosque when there is nothing left in their kitchens.
Ministry says the Treasury sec-gen had only emphasised the importance of practising positive traits so that Malaysians could succeed in business.
Prominent economist Jomo Kwame Sundaram and DM Analytics chief economist Muhammed Abdul Khalid say it is better to focus on making public transportation more attractive.