Malaysia’s poverty level far higher than 0.4%, says UN official

Sheridan Mahavera

Experts believe that a realistic poverty rate for Malaysia is between 16% and 20%, and not 0.4% as claimed by the government. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, August 23, 2019.

MALAYSIA has vastly undercounted its poor, with the poverty level declared more relevant for the 1970s, said a top United Nations official.

UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Professor Philip Alston said local and foreign scholars who have studied the country’s poor believe that a realistic poverty rate is between 16% and 20%.

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