State to help the poor go into business


Encouraging: Mohamed Khaled (third from left) giving Mandarin oranges to one of the recipients at the Mesra Penduduk Taman Molek Zone with MBJB programme.

JOHOR BARU: The Johor government plans to eradicate poverty by helping the lower income group get involved in entrepreneurship, said Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin.

He said that the state had introduced several measures including long-term planning to help those living under the poverty line.

“We want the rakyat, either educated or just having basic skills, to earn a better income.

“The state government has always stressed upon giving opportunity to the rakyat to get involved in entrepreneurship,” he said.

Mohamed Khaled said this when met after launching the Mesra Penduduk Taman Molek Zone with Johor Baru City Council (MBJB) programme here on Feb 14.

According to a report done by Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), about 80% of those living in the city centre earned less than RM3,000 a month which contributes to the urban poverty problem.

Mohamed Khaled added for the short-term solution, the state government had allocated various aids to help those in need.

“Among the solutions include giving food aid to more than 15,000 religious school students throughout Johor.

“We have always emphasised on balancing the physical development as well as the humanitarian progress to improve the livelihood of the rakyat here,” he said, stressing the state’s commitment in solving the urban poverty issues.

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