The ministry only provides RM300 per month allowance for those
categorized as hard core. My widowed and sickly cousin, was not even
registered earlier so not in the 44,643 hard core poor figure.
If it can happen to my cousin that live right in Sandakan Town, 10km
from the town centre, what about those living in the remote Islands?
hard core is supposed to be survival state. You need RM540 to survive
in Sabah. With RM300, it is not sufficient to survive, especially when
you have to pay water and electricity bills.
Where are the other RM240 coming from? They expect it to be coming
from her relatives such as her son that also have a wife and a few
children, and yet earn below the poverty level.
April 27, 2010 18:20 PM
Shahrizat Confident Of Zero Hardcore Poor By Year End
KOTA KINABALU, April 27 (Bernama) -- Women, Family and Community
Development Minister Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil today expressed
confidence that the ministry could get all hardcore poor families in
the country out of the clutches of poverty by year end.
She said the confidence was based on positive development of the
programmes implemented by the government and the initiatives taken by
government's departments and agencies in achieving their National Key
Result Areas (NKRA).
"When the NKRA was first introduced, we have 44,643 hardcore poor
families listed in the E-Kasih system.
"Now, after four months of NKRA implementation, we only have 32,693
hardcore poor families left in the list," she told reporters after
briefing Sabah Cabinet members, elected representatives and government
officers on her ministry's NKRA, here Tuesday.
Also present was Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
Shahrizat said the ministry needed an additional allocation of RM1.66
billion to get the rest of the families out of poverty by December.
She said the additional allocation was vital to help the states that
had the most poor and hardcore poor families, especially Sabah.
At present, she said there were 15,923 hardcore poor families earning
a monthly household income of less than RM540 and 16,753 poor families
with a monthly household income of RM960 in Sabah.
Meanwhile, Musa said the state government was willing to assist the
ministry as such a cooperation between the federal and state
governments was vital to enable them to receive the allocation and
channel it faster to the target groups.
"We are so happy to be able to discuss and exchange our views on how
the NKRA could be implemented more efficiently and in an orderly
manner," he added.