Real Hardcore Poor Numbers Known After PADU: Rafizi (Updated)

Actual figures on the hardcore poor are expected to be obtained after the Central Data Base (PADU) system is fully updated.

Minister of Economy Rafizi Ramli said, currently, the number of hardcoe poor recorded through official reports is 0.2 per cent of all people in this country.

According to him, the rate of extreme poverty in this country recorded a decrease to 0.2 percent or 18,445 households.

“The Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) recorded a decrease compared to one percent in 2020.

“eKasih data under the Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU), Prime Minister’s Department (JPM) also recorded a reduction in the number of severely poor households by 80,000 Heads of Household (KR) until the end of last year,” he said during a question-and-answer session in the Dewan Rakyat on Thursday (Mac 14).

He said this in response to a question from Datuk Seri Ismail Muttalib (PN-Maran) regarding the exact amount of hardcore poverty because the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim stated that it would be abolished.

Rafizi explained, the concept of eliminating hardcore poverty is a step refined by the Cabinet to take an economic approach after knowing the actual number in the country.

“Zero poor means the hardcore poverty rate that is reported every year from the country’s official reporting as official data to the world. Currently 0.2 percent of the hardcore poor, so this group will be monitored and of course from year to year, this amount will change based on the poverty line.

“Each year the target is to remove the hardcore poor based on official reporting, but zero poverty or zero does not mean there are no hardcore poor because poverty is relative. In that case, there is no need for zakat,” he said.

Responding to Ismail’s additional question about eKasih data, Rafizi said that it needs to be cleaned up from time to time because it was found that some recipients of the aid do not want to be removed from the list even though their income has improved.

“The government will continue to update the eKasih data to be incorporated in the PADU system to enable the government to obtain better and accurate information about the number of hardcore poor in the country,” he added.

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