75,414 Sabahans in poverty list as of April 1

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Ewon and Ministry of Education and Innovation Datuk Dr. Yusof Yacob chatting with Pitas Assemblyman Datuk Bolkiah Ismail before the sitting started yesterday.

KOTA KINABALU: A total of 75,414 people in Sabah fell under the poverty list as of April 1, according to Sabah Minister of Rural Development Datuk Ewon Benedick.

He said of the total, 18,076 people were under the hardcore poor group, 20,259 poor and 37,079 excluded of poverty.

“The e-Kasih poverty statistics in Sabah was based on the report from Sabah Federal Development Office,” he said in a written reply during the Legislative Assembly sitting here.

He was answering a question from Lumadan Assemblyman Matbali Musah who asked how many people were hardcore poor, poor and easy poor in Sabah, and what was the new approach to bring all three categories out from poverty.

Ewon who is also Kadamaian Assemblyman said among the approach was through the implementation of various programmes including the Village Entrepreneurship Programme, Sewing Courses, Human Capital Training, and other programmes leading to the increase of income and quality of life for the group.

“In the meantime, there were also other agencies and departments be it State or Federal governments who played the roles in the effort to eradicate poverty such as Ko-Nelayan, Village Development Corporation, Sabah Land Development Board, Yayasan Usaha Maju, Malaysia Department of Fisheries Sabah and RISDA.

“Apart from that, these efforts also involved non-governmental organisations, private sectors, institutions, as well as local leaderships,” he said.

Answering Matunggong Assemblywoman Julita Majungki on the setting up of a Village Entrepreneurship Centre building in the Matunggong sub-district, Ewon stated that two buildings have been constructed at the end of 2017 while three more will be implemented once allocations were provided.

“So far, there are only two enterprises in the said centre which are virgin coconut oil and herb-based beauty products processing.

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