Revise poverty rate, show full picture, says former UN rep


Ragananthini Vethasalam

Former United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston says Malaysia does not collect data on vulnerable populations, which is counterproductive and leaves policymakers working in the dark. – AFP pic, July 6, 2020.

MALAYSIA should revise its poverty rate and show a more inclusive picture of marginalised groups in the country, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston said.

A revision of the national poverty line would be just the first step towards eradicating poverty, he said in conjunction with the release of a report on his official 11-day visit to Malaysia in August last year.


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