ISKANDAR PUTERI: More than 83% of the hardcore poor in Johor under the eKasih national poverty database are Malays, says a state exco member.
A total of 4,726 people in the eKasih database was categorised as hardcore poor as of May 31, said state women, family and community development committee chairman Khairin Nisa Ismail @ Md On.
"From the figure, 3,926 are Malays followed by Indians (390), Chinese (305) and other ethnicities (105).
"Batu Pahat has the highest number of registered hardcore poor with 851, with 777 from the Malay community.
"For the Chinese and Indian communities, the district with the highest number of hardcore poor is Johor Baru with 90 and 138 individuals respectively," she said at the state assembly sitting on Thursday (June 23).
She was responding to a question posed by Datuk Samsolbari Jamali (BN-Semarang) who asked about the racial and district breakdown of those in the eKasih database.
Khairin Nisa added there are 20,790 people in Johor on the eKasih database as of May 31, including 10,428 in the poor category.