Some of us might think that it could take several billion ringgit to wipe out poverty in Sarawak. Not really.
An Aliran correspondent has worked out that it will cost just RM61.5 million a year in direct handouts to eliminate poverty in the state, or RM308 million for five years of direct handouts. This can be done while
Find out how he arrived at that figure on the Aliran website.
Such handouts could “buy time for other agencies and NGOs to work with the poor to figure out what programmes and policies are required to eliminate poverty without direct handouts”, he added.
So why has the federal and the Sarawak governments not been able to wipe out poverty in the state despite the huge resources at their disposal?