KUALA LUMPUR: The government will look into adopting the Multi-dimensional Poverty Index (MPI) for a more accurate picture on poverty in Malaysia, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.
He said this was because the previous Poverty Line Income (PLI) measurement was no longer suitable due to current situation.
“Now we found that income is not the only indicator of a person being identified as poor, but it also includes treatment, facilities and aids provided to them.
“Our plan in reducing poverty is to ensure they (the poor) have enough income to spend on three things, which are food, clothing and home.
“This will indicate whether they are in the poor category or not, and this will be included in the new basic measurement called MPI,” he said.
Dr Mahathir was answering a question from Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (Port Dickson - PKR) on the method of measuring poverty in the country, following a report by United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Prof Philip Alston that the level of poverty in Malaysia was getting worse.
To another question by Fahmi Fadzil (Lembah Pantai - PKR) on what can be expected in the upcoming 2020 Budget concerning the government’s effort in eliminating poverty, the prime minister said the government would give priority to areas and states that "earned less than others".
“We don’t have enough funds for all developments and so we need to set our priorities on what should be done first and later.
“So, let’s wait for the Budget to be tabled by the Finance Minister (Lim Guan Eng),” he told the Dewan Rakyat here today.
The 2020 Budget themed “Shared Prosperity: Sustainability and Inclusive Growth Towards High Income Economy." will be tabled in the Dewan Rakyat this Friday (Oct 11).=