PENAMPANG April 17, 2012: Sarawak has the highest number of hardcore urban poor in the country with 3,546 household heads followed by Sabah with 2,726.
Kelantan is third with 1,691 hardcore urban poor, according to statistics provided by the Federal Territory and Urban Well-being Ministry yesterday.
Putrajaya has zero number of hardcore urban poor, Labuan (112) and Pahang (159).
Nationwide, the total number of hardcore urban poor was 12,346 and urban poor was 37,942 as of March 27, 2012.
“They are families that have become the government’s, and in particular, the ministry’s priority to assist so that they can change their fate and live a better life,”
“My ministry has planned various urban poverty eradication programmes, aimed at helping the poor and low income group within the urban areas to improve their living quality, irrespective of gender, race, political standing and religion,” he said.
Federal Territory and Urban Well-being Minister Dato Raja Nong Chik Dato Raja Zainal Abidin