KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 28 (Bernama) -- Datuk Seri Najib Razak today announced a RM100 million government allocation in the form of trust fund shares to assist the urban poor improve their lot.
The prime minister said the government was now compiling data on the urban poor and hardcore poor to determine those eligible to receive the aid.
"The assistance is to enable the poor increase their income, especially the hardcore poor," he said at the breaking of fast with city residents organised by the Al-Bukhary Foundation at the Al-Bukhary Mosque in Jalan Hang Tuah, here, tonight.
Also present were Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Senator Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin, Al-Bukhary Foundation chairman Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary and Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail.
Najib said the Federal Territories Ministry was also offering for sale, housing units from the Public Housing Projects (PPR) to the poor in Kuala Lumpur and the sale would start on Oct 10.
Najib said the house sale offer was something that the urban poor had been waiting for and it showed the government's relentless effort to improve their standard of living.
The prime minister said poverty should not only be linked to the rural areas as the problem also existed in the urban areas, while the measurement of poverty between the two areas differed.
"For example, life can be quite comfortable for a household with a monthly income of RM2,000 in Baling, Kedah or Pekan, Pahang. But it is not so in the cities," he said.
Najib said the government would continue with efforts to eradicate poverty.
The prime minister also joined the local community in performing the Maghrib, Isyak and Tarawih prayers at the Al-Bukhary Mosque. -- BERNAMA