Thursday, May 29, 2008

Selangor ups poverty line to RM1,500 - NST

Selangor ups poverty line to RM1,500
By : Neville Spykerman

May 29, 2008

SHAH ALAM: The state government has raised the poverty line to RM1,500 per family of five.

State Health, Plantation, Workers and Caring Government Committee chairman Dr A. Xavier Jayakumar said yesterday that the raising of the poverty line from RM760 per family of five would allow more people to receive aid, in view of the soaring prices of food and commodity.

"We recognised that many people, especially in the urban areas, are struggling and we want to help."

Dr Xavier said the state government had also placed an order for RM500,000 worth of rice, which will be distributed to the poor.

"Many will be hit by the global shortage and the rice will be given to those who need it the most, throughout the state."

Barisan Nasional constituencies would also be included in the scheme, he said after the weekly executive council meeting.

On another matter, Dr Xavier said new funds had been allocated for small projects in all constituencies.

However, BN state assemblyman will not handle the funds in their constituencies.

"They have already spent their annual allocation and the new funds will be disbursed by representatives of the state government."

He said RM375,000 had been allocated for each constituency and would be used during the course of the year.

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