PENANG, 27 April 2009: Penang Deputy Chief Minister II, P Ramasamy today admitted that poverty could not be eradicated in the state but the number of poor could be reduced.
He said that so far 728 families had been registered as hardcore poor in the state and that they were being given assistance.
Ramasamy said this when winding up debate on the motion of thanks for the Yang Dipertua Negeri’s address in the state assembly sitting here.
Earlier, several Barisan Nasional (BN) assemblypersons had disputed statements made by Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng previously that state government had succeeded in wiping out hardcore poverty in Penang.
Today’s sitting of the assembly also passed three enactments namely State Loan Enactment (Batu Kawan Arcade Building and Seafood Centre Project), State Loan Enactment (Water Supply Plan (Amendment) 2009) and Chief Minister Inc (Corporatisation) 2009 Enactment.
Besides this, the assembly also approved the nomination of Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) state election director Mustafa Kamal Mohd Yusoff and DAP national vice chairperson Tunku Abdul Aziz Ibrahim to replace Datuk Omar Faudzar and Datuk Gooi Hoe Hin as senators in the Dewan Negara. — Bernama