Putrajaya at odds with UN report on poverty

Ragananthini Vethasalam

Philip Alston, a former UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, during his research visit to Malaysia last year. He says the country’s official poverty rate of 0.4% is ‘based on a statistical sleight of hand’. – srpoverty.org pic, July 6, 2020.

THE government’s response to a United Nations official’s findings on Malaysia indicates a reversal on its commitment to eradicate poverty, said Philip Alston.

Alston, a former UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights who conducted his research visit last year, said this in a report on his findings released to the public today.

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  • We support 2-3M Migrants and he says we have a poverty problem ? Does choice of living in Poverty a part of the calculation..? Every Malaysian can earn way past the Poverty threshold , its only a matter of whether they want to or not.... We help the poverty fogures in Many countries., Indonesia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Bangladesh and countries like these that have their migrants working here and sending money back..

    Posted 2 months ago by Nicholas Math

    • A very simplistic and ignorant understanding of the poverty line.

      Those poverty line number was set in the 1960s. It is as stagnant and irrelevant as the starting salary of $1500 set in the 1960s.

      Look at the B40s. Look at the Orang Asal in Malaysia.

      Clearly many Malaysians are falling thru the cracks.

      Posted 2 months ago by SK G

  • The Govt continues to remain in denial. We are no longer in the 1990s. Our economic growth has stagnated in the last 20 years. The gap between the rich and poor continues to grow at an alarming rate.

    It is time to face reality that poverty remains a serious issue for Malaysia.

    We need an effective govt, not one that refuses to acknowledge an Inconvenient Economic Truth.

    Posted 2 months ago by SK G