,The Star reported that since the Covid-19 pandemic was declared in March last year, the government has launched eight stimulus packages worth RM530bil to address the crisis. The latest package, Pemulih, is worth RM150bil and was unveiled on June 28, 2021, to further mitigate the economic impact caused by the pandemic.
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KUALA LUMPUR: The on-going Covid-19 pandemic pushed more households in Malaysia into poverty last year with Sabah, Kelantan and Terengganu the most impacted in terms of absolute poverty as incomes shrunk due to pay cuts or job losses.
The Statistics Department said on Friday the number of poor households increased to 639,800 households in 2020 as compared to 405,400 households in 2019.
Chief Statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin (pic, below) said the Household Income Estimates and Incidence of Poverty Report showed the incidence of absolute poverty also increased from 5.6% (2019) to 8.4%.Chief statistician Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Uzir Mahidin
“The incidence of hardcore poverty is estimated to increase from 0.4% (2019) to 1% which involved 78,000 households (2019: 27,200 households).
“The incidence of absolute poverty by state shows that Sabah recorded the highest percentage of 25.3% (2019: 19.5%). Kelantan recorded a significant increase in poverty by 8.8 percentage points to 21.2% from 12.4% (2019), followed by Terengganu by 5.9 percentage points to 12% from 6.1% (2019),” he said.
Mohd Uzir said based on the study, overall, the outbreak of pandemic has had a significant impact on the household income and subsequently affected the structure of household groups.
“The impact may be temporary as the economy is expected to improve and recover as the spread of pandemic can be contained.
“From this analysis, it is found that the role of the federal and state government as well as other relevant parties are pertinent in cushioning the impact of the pandemic as well as towards reviving the household income and the country's economy,” he said.Recently, The Star reported that since the Covid-19 pandemic was declared in March last year, the government has launched eight stimulus packages worth RM530bil to address the crisis. The latest package, Pemulih, is worth RM150bil and was unveiled on June 28, 2021, to further mitigate the economic impact caused by the pandemic. Click here for the report: A timely stimulusHe explained that the analysis for the report was carried out based on data from Household Income and Basic Amenities Survey (HIS/BA) 2019 taken into account several indicators related to household income.
The household income included average salary and wages, employment structure, economic performance by sector, household demography as well as value of assistance provided by the government throughout the year 2020.