Safety net for the needy

Yesterday’s news. Safety for our poor folks. At least somebody is talking sense instead of this past months of garbage political mumbo-jumbo talk.

I wish I myself could do more to help out, sigh!

New Courtesy of The Star Online.

Special plan to help the poor

By SYLVIA LOOI

TELUK INTAN: The hardship faced by the poor in these harsh economic times will not be forgotten, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

He said that because of this, the Government launched the Malaysia Social Safety Net programme specially to assist the poor.

“We hope to save the people, especially the poor, from hardship as a result of the economic slowdown,” he said, adding that efforts to help the poor would not stop despite the crisis.

Noting that the country’s poverty level had gone down over the years, Abdullah said the number of poor people had increased recently due to the economic crisis.

“The Government need to do something to ensure the numbers do not go up sharply,” he said when launching the programme at the Arena Square here.

He added that the programme showed Barisan Nasional’s concern for the people.

Women, Family and Community Development Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ng Yen Yen said the plan was an extension of the ministry’s current safety net programme.

“My ministry applied to the Prime Minister to have the programme as we realised that more poor people were being sidelined,” she said.

She also said those with monthly income less than RM720 in Peninsular Malaysia, RM830 in Sarawak and RM960 in Sabah are eligible for the plan.

“An additional RM500mil has been allocated for this programme,” she added, noting that some 110,000 households are expected to benefit.

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