BACHOK (Bernama) – The Rural Development Ministry of Malaysia recognising that there are people in Kelantan living in poverty, is taking a serious of view of such cases.
Deputy Minister R Sivarasa said records had shown that 12,157 households were categorised as poor and hardcore poor, especially in rural areas in the state and listed in the National Poverty Database (e-Kasih).
“This was about 20 per cent of the overall (poverty) statistics compared to other states in the country.
“To address the problem, we need to have a complete data including community mapping of those living in poverty,” he said after a briefing at the Institute of Poverty Research and Management (InsPeK), Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK) yesteday.
Also present were UMK Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Noor Azizi Ismail and InsPeK director Assoc Prof Dr Wan Ahmad Amir Zal Wan Ismail.
Sivarasa said the mapping carried out by InsPek comprised eight community models which were the new indicators for poverty and they included human capital, social factors, politics, religion, environment, culture and economics.
“We in the ministry will work on resolving hardships faced by the poor in the country based on the mapping.