27,902 household heads under hardcore poor category

A total of 27,902 household heads (KIR) or 49.8 percent of 55,975 registered in e-Kasih system fall under the hardcore poor category, the State Assembly heard today.

Deputy Chief Minister Alfred Jabu said of the 55,975 registered until June 11, 23,235 were categorised as simple poor and 4,838 had exited poverty.

“Of 27,902 KIR under hardcore poor, 13,349 are Ibans, 5,601 Malays 2,925 Orang Ulu, 2,757 Bidayuh and 1,974 Melanaus (bumiputeras), 647 Chinese and 622 others,” he said when replying to Violet Yong (DAP-Pending).

KIR with income of RM520 monthly fall under the hardcore poor category while those earning RM830 monthly are categorised as simple poor.

Jabu said to ensure effectiveness of e-Kasih, district poverty eradication focus group committees will vet applications to ensure that only those qualified were registered.

The data will be updated with entry from all aid agencies and those not registered with e-Kasih so that data on the low income group is comprehensive.

“The system is under construction and implementation is expected to be completed in 2012,” he said.

Jabu told Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi (BN-Pantai Damai) that 18,876 people were beneficiary of the Housing Assistance Program (PBR) including 10,847 new houses and 8,029 repaired houses.

A total of 1,877 KIR received assistance from the Rural and Regional  Development Ministry.

Some 3,426 projects under the 1Azam Programme of the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry had also been implemented until May.

– Bernama