The Poverty Income Level (PLI) is defined as:
“An income that is necessary to buy a group of foods that would meet the nutritional needs of the members of a household. The income is also to meet other basic necessities such as clothing, rent, fuel and utilities, transport and communications, medical expenses, education and recreation.”Plainly speaking, the PLI is how much money in a month a Malaysian household needs to meet these eight components.Though the Government calculates different PLIs for Malaysia’s three regions, the total average PLI is RM800.For this demonstration, Jayanath uses the Peninsula PLI of RM763.A household living in the peninsula is considered poor only if its monthly income is below RM763. - Malaysian Insider, 21/7/2010, How poor are we, really?
Each household with a monthly income of less than RM3,000 was eligible to receive a one-off payment of RM500 and the single unmarried individuals earning less than RM2,000 were eligible to receive RM250. New Straits Times, 1/1/2013, BR1M 2.0 to start next month
TRADERS have been told not to raise food prices following the move to cut fuel subsidies, which is unlikely to affect food production costs.Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Hasan Malek said the ministry's studies showed that the increase in fuel costs was projected to raise food prices by 0.1 per cent."We have done our best to ensure that any move to reduce subsidies would not unfairly burden traders. As such, we see no reason for them to mark up food prices as a result of the rise in fuel costs." - New Straits Times, 3/9/2013, 'Do not hike food prices'