TUMPAT – The war to eliminate poverty carried out by the federal government is impressive as it has brought down the poverty rate among the people from 80 per cent during the early years of the country’s independence to merely 1.7 per cent now.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the country’s achievement in eradicating poverty was among the best in the world compared to the other developing countries, including the neighbouring countries.
“In the past, 80 per cent of the national population lived in poverty and now we can take pride that the rate has been brought down to 1.7 per cent, thus the ‘jihad’ or war by the government to fight poverty had been most successful and impressive,” he said when oficiating the the Recognition of Amanah Ikhtiar Malaysia (AIM) Partner Award at the Mara Junior Science College (MRSM) Tumpat.
Also present were the Chairman of the Board of Trustee of AIM, Dr Zubir Harun, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, MARA Chairman Tan Sri Annuar Musa and the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for the by-election for the Pengkalan Kubor State Assembly seat Mat Razi Mat Ail.
“This shows that what the BN government is doing is the best as what we had done in establishing AIM,” he said. – BERNAMA