MPs question accuracy of household income survey

  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 13 May 2008

TWO MPs from opposing sides seemed to be in agreement when they criticised the reporting of the national household income survey conducted by the National Statistics Department.

Lim Guan Eng (DAP-Bagan) said the department’s median monthly household income should be lower than the figure reported by the Government.

“People are telling me that they are not actually getting RM3,686 per month as stated by you.

“Does the Government know of the high inflation rate? That means the statistics of the household income reported by the department may be flawed,” he asked Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department S.K. Devamany during Question Time.

Devamany replied that the survey was conducted on 38,083 households and was consistent and representative of inter-nationally-accepted survey standards.

“The survey is also accepted and used by the World Bank and the IMF.

“The Government has other methods of identifying the hardcore poor and ensure that they would be given assistance,” he added.

Datuk Seri Abdul Ghapur Salleh (BN-Kalabakan) then stood up and said the survey was inaccurate because the poverty rate in Sabah itself was very high.

“The poverty level in Sabah is at 24% compared to the national average of 4%.

Devamany replied that the average income of a household was recorded even if the incomes of different households ranged from RM700 to RM20,000 per month.

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