Op-Ed: Why Malaysia is leading the way in Asean for poverty eradication

SO MUCH – perhaps too much – has been said of late about matters pertaining to poverty incidence and income or wealth disparity in Malaysia. These commentaries, even when looked at objectively, can shine through to even the most politically apathetic among us as mere rhetoric parroted by parties and groups intent on pushing forward an opposition-leaning agenda. But cut through the noise, look at the facts and it becomes easier to see how and why Malaysia has become something of a model nation among its Southeast Asian peers for poverty eradication. Let’s break it down: In just a little over 60 years, Malaysia has transformed itself from a low-income agricultural-based economy to a nation on track towards attaining advanced economy status in two years’ time. Among its achievements in national development, Malaysia lays claim to a pretty remarkable decline in poverty rates and remains an example of poverty reduction...


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