Thursday, July 22, 2010
From the Malaysian Insider, "How poor are we, really?":
"“Our poverty level looks good on paper but woefully ignores reality. We are so obsessed with selling this story that we are a success.”
Statistics are supposed to accurately measure our economic environment, so that in this case, pin-point policies to deal with poverty can be crafted.
The government has begun scaling back subsidies so that they would only benefit those they are meant for — the poor.
How is it supposed to do this if we cannot even accurately measure who the poor are?"
What this article doesn't say is that the BN government is actually lying about the incidence of poverty amongst Malaysians. There is also a big gap between the rich and the poor that the government doesn't want people to know about. As long as they can continue deceiving the people, this gap will always be there and will be used as a means of controlling the general population so that they will forever remain in power and continue to enrich themselves at the expense of the poor.
Posted by Al Tugauw at 4:25 PM