MCO hits urban poor hardest, UN report shows

Hailey Chung Wee Kye

Dr Muhammed Abdul Khalid, managing director of DM Analytics, says Budget 2021 needs to provide immediate assistance to poor families. – The Malaysian Insight pic by Kamal Ariffin, October 30, 2020.

MOVEMENT controls imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19 have exacted an economic, mental and educational toll on poor families living in low-cost flats, a study by the Unicef and the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) shows.

Besides poverty, what little savings poor households have are depleting rapidly, while their children have lost access to nutritious food provided in schools.

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