Covid-19 will worsen poverty in Malaysia, says expert

Ragananthini Vethasalam

A resident of inner Kuala Lumpur's Chow Kit observes workers disinfecting the area in March to curb Covid-19 infections. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, July 7, 2020.

MALAYSIA’S poverty rates could spike from the Covid-19 pandemic because the country lacks comprehensive social safety nets and is understating true poverty levels, said Philip Alston, the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.

He said his prediction coincides with projections by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that the pandemic would catalyse a poverty rate increase.

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