Wednesday July 25, 2012
Penang to top up hardcore poor’s income to RM600
GEORGE TOWN: Households in Penang which earn less than RM600 a month will have the amount topped up to that figure by the state government, said Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng.
He said the state had raised the hardcore poverty line bracket from RM500 to RM600.
Lim said the state government would top up the income of hardcore poor households to RM600 per month under its Partners Against Poverty (PAP) programme.
“For example, if a family earns RM300, the state government will top it up with RM300 monthly,” he told a press conference here yesterday.
The PAP programme was introduced by the state government in 2008 to get corporate bodies and non-governmental organisations to donate in cash or kind to a special fund to eradicate hardcore poverty in the state.
The 20 sen collected by retailers for each plastic bag under the state’s ‘No Plastic Bag’ campaign are also channelled to the fund.
Lim said the state aimed to wipe out hardcore poverty by 2015.
On other matter, Lim said SJK(C) Pai Cai in Batu Ferringhi had completed construction of a four-storey building under its expansion project that started in 2010.
“The state government has donated RM510,000 to the school’s building fund over the past three years,” he said.
Lim said the new building housed 20 classrooms, a hall, a laboratory, a library and other facilities.