KUALA LUMPUR: The government has to take a different approach to address poverty in the country, says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (PH-Port Dickson).
“But the fact is that this issue is still haunting us. The government had previously pointed out an increase in poverty based on the multi-dimensional poverty line index.“We must remember that before we address this issue, we must accept that the same approach cannot be continued – whether it’s the Pakatan or Barisan government, ” said Anwar during his speech on the Royal Address in Parliament on Wednesday (July 15).
Anwar was referring to a report on July 10, where Malaysia’s poverty line index had increased to 5.6%, or 405,411 households in 2016, after the government revised its methodology to calculate the index.The PKR president also said it was undeniable that financial leakages were reported by the National Audit every year, with the low-cost people’s housing project (PPR) among the most problematic government projects.
“The problem isn’t allocation or policies, but the issue lies on the weakness in choosing contractors, ” he said, adding that PPR projects are often plagued with unsatisfactory construction quality and neglected maintenance.Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan (BN-Pontian) interjected, and said to break the vicious cycle of poverty, the government could perhaps consider providing education to the children of impoverished families.
“This will allow them vertical mobility and it eradicates poverty within a generation. Many of us here are poor, but we succeeded due to education, ” he said.Anwar said he agreed with Ahmad’s suggestion.Meanwhile, Ngeh Koo Ham (PH-Beruas) said that communities should be evaluated based on their financial status rather than their race, saying that there is a perception that the Chinese were rich while the Malays and Indians are poor.
He said it was not right to label the Chinese as the richest community in the country.“For the Chinese, the Malays are the richest because of land banks, ” he said, adding that the Chinese should also not be envious of the Malays because of their land.
Ngeh also pointed out that poverty was so commonplace among the older generation, where many Chinese families had to give up their children to be adopted by others.At the same time, William Leong (PH-Selayang) said any perception of greediness or laziness being common traits of any ethnic group had to be removed.
Anwar, in response, agreed and said all segments of society must be more matured over the issue. Read more: The Star »
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