It was disclosed in Parliament today, that RM35 is spend per prisoner per day, and for food only RM7.98 per day (i.e. cost of food items only not including cooking services, etc..) - this is what I understood watching the proceedings on the net(see the Hansard of the day to get the actual words used.)
Now, using this figure for Malaysian individuals and householdManakala purata perbelanjaan untuk makanan bagi seorang penghuni pada setiap hari adalah sebanyak RM7.98 - Answer to MP Teresa Kok on 24/10/2013 (see below for the full question and the answer)
"...The other reason is, according to our National Employment Returns 2009, 34% of 1.3 million workers in the study earn less than RM700. It could be more. Our Government has determined the poverty line to RM720, so we have by virtue of the wage mechanism itself, we are creating poverty in about 34% of people on the go, without doing anything else at all. So when the Government decided the poverty rate is RM720 and our wage mechanism by virtue implementation as we have, shows that 34-35% of below poverty line and that is something to do and to think about...." -
Now, the Minister was wrong when we look at available figures for 2009
Despite similar growth rates, urban household income grew at 6.6% per annum from RM4,705 a month in 2009 to RM5,742 in 2012 while rural household income went up at a rate of 6.4% a year from a monthly average of RM2,545 in 2009 to RM3,080 in 2012. - Star, 28/3/2013, Big drop in poverty rate
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PUAN TERESA KOK SUH SIM [SEPUTEH] minta MENTERI DALAM NEGERI menyatakan jumlah banduan di setiap penjara di Malaysia sehingga 30 September 2013. Nyatakan perbelanjaan makanan bagi setiap banduan setiap hari dan jumlah kos perbelanjaan penjara di seluruh negara bagi tahun 2010, 2011, 2012 dan 2013.
Tuan Yang di-Pertua,Izinkan saya untuk menjawab soalan daripada YB Seputeh bersekali dengan soalan daripada YB Bukit Gelugor pada hari ini memandangkan perkara yang dibangkitkan berkaitan isu yang sama.Untuk makluman Ahli Yang Berhormat dan Dewan Yang Mulia ini, statistik Jabatan Penjara pada 30 September 2013 menunjukkan jumlah penghuni di seluruh institusi penjara Malaysia adalah seramai 39,710 orang.Berasaskan peruntukan yang diluluskan untuk anggaran belanja mengurus bagi Jabatan Penjara pada setiap tahun mulai 2010 hingga 2012 secara purata sejumlah RM655.96 juta dibelanjakan untuk menguruskan seluruh penjara dan penghuni.Manakala purata perbelanjaan untuk makanan bagi seorang penghuni pada setiap hari adalah sebanyak RM7.98. - Blog Teresa Kok, Sassy MP
Published: Thursday March 28, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday April 24, 2013 MYT 2:08:19 PM
Big drop in poverty rate
PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia more than halved its poverty statistics over the past three years, with the number of poor people now standing at less than 110,000 nationwide, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop.
He said the country’s overall poverty rate dropped to 1.7% in 2012, compared to 3.8% in 2009.
“With this achievement, the target under the 10th Malaysia Plan to reduce overall poverty to 2% in 2015 has been achieved three years earlier.
“This is a result of rapid economic development and the effectiveness of poverty eradication programmes carried out by the Government,” he said at a press conference to announce the findings of the 2012 National Household Income Study here.
He said the fall in incidences of poverty happened in both urban and rural areas, with urban poverty falling to just 1% last year compared to 1.7% in 2009, while rural areas registered a significant drop from 8.4% in 2009 to just 3.4% in 2012.
Sabah registered the biggest reduction in poverty from 19.7% of the population in 2009 to 8.1% three years later.
The minister said all states registered a reduction in poverty rates, with marked improvements in Penang, Selangor, Malacca and the federal territories – all of which averaged 0% hardcore poor in their areas as at 2012.
“This is proof that the Federal Government’s initiatives to eradicate poverty have succeeded and been of benefit to the rakyat regardless of differences in political ideology,” he said.
Meanwhile, Malaysians enjoyed an annual increase of 7.2% to their average household income over the 2009-2012 period, or a nearly a RM1,000 hike in their average monthly income from RM4,025 in 2009 to RM5,000 in 2012.
Despite similar growth rates, urban household income grew at 6.6% per annum from RM4,705 a month in 2009 to RM5,742 in 2012 while rural household income went up at a rate of 6.4% a year from a monthly average of RM2,545 in 2009 to RM3,080 in 2012.
Despite this, he added that Malaysia still improved on wealth distribution, having secured a lower score of 0.431 on its “Gini coefficient” (a system to measure inequality in wealth distribution) in 2012, compared to 0.441 in 2009..Star, 28/3/2013, Big drop in poverty rate