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Do subsidies work?

Do subsidies work?

Petrol prices are going up in MalaysiaON 4 June 2008, the Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government announced a 40.6% petrol price increase effective at midnight. Pump price went from RM1.92 to RM2.70 per litre. Barely a week later, the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) federal opposition launched its Protes campaign. Then PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa promised […]

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Hope for street people

GLOBAL Street Mission Kuala Lumpur (GOSM) is a non-profit non-governmental organisation that has been operating in Malaysia for the past 17 years. It reaches out to the poor, homeless and marginalised, helping them to rebuild their lives through rehabilitation and restoration. GOSM operates predominantly in the Klang Valley, providing meals, shelter, bathing, rest and counselling […]

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Inconveniencing the poor

Inconveniencing the poor

THE Petaling District Office is vacating its premises soon to a location in Paya Jaras, Sungai Buloh. By highlighting this matter, it does not mean that I am against the project. Nor am I suggesting any impropriety. On the contrary, the deal seems to benefit the state government especially since the new property is larger […]

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MyKad, the needy’s debit card

KUALA LUMPUR, 10 April 2009: The poor can now use their MyKad as a debit card under the welfare programme known as MyKasih. The programme, which launched its electronic payment system today, will distribute cash to recipients’ bank accounts which are linked to their MyKad. Those under the MyKasih programme can then shop and pay […]

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Set up select committee on the poor, say Pakatan MPs

Set up select committee on the poor, say Pakatan MPs

5 Indian MPs attended the discussion PETALING JAYA, 21 Nov: Pakatan Rakyat parliamentarians want a parliamentary select committee on poor and vulnerable groups to be set up. “The select committee is important as we need some oversight on (government) allocations for the poor. This is to ensure that the expenditure is properly utilised in view […]

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Helping the Malay poor

Helping the Malay poor

ON 11 Nov 2008, the Prime Minister’s Department answered a question about income distribution that I had submitted before the start of the current parliamentary session. The reply was read by Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department SK Devamany, who gave the following figures based on a 2007 Statistics Department survey of households: The […]

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