PONTIAN: The new Poverty Line Index (PLI), which is being prepared by the Economic Planning Unit in the Prime Ministers Department is expected to be announced soon, said Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Ting.
I think it would be ready quite soon, he told newsmen after presenting aid to 100 poor families in his Tanjung Piai constituency yesterday in conjunction with Hari Raya and Deepavali.
Ong said the Government decided to review the PLI to correspond with the present cost of living and the economic situation.
He said the present PLI, where a family with a monthly household income of RM250 is deemed to be hardcore poor, might not be appropriate anymore.
In his speech, Ong, who is also MCA president, advised poor families not to give up on their efforts to improve their living standard.
We must not stop from doing things that will improve ourselves.
If we are poor, we must then try to ensure that our children continue to receive good education because that will help take us out of poverty, he said.
Ong said the Government would continue to help the poor by providing them opportunities, such as in skills training.