When will we revise the poverty line?

Photo: Bassam Khawaja 2019/srpoverty.org

A report by former UN special rapporteur Philip Alston indicates that the current government does not intend to review the poverty line and states that the official rate of 0.4% is “based on a statistical sleight of hand”. BFM speaks to Lee Hwok-Aun, Senior Fellow with the Malaysia studies programme, Iseas-Yusof Ishak Institute, to understand why using outdated systems to measure poverty is problematic.

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Teo Chuen Tick
8 Jul 2020 7.12am

I believe the resistance to the UN’s report about our poverty line in 2016 is understandable – this government is a backdoor govt. To agree to a revision and hence an increase in that ridiculous figure of 0.4% poverty rate will not look well in the report card to cheat the rakyat.