Wow! Only 108 left?

Posted on March 29, 2011

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By Jayanath Appudurai

According to the Government Transformation Programme [GTP] Annual Report released on 27 March 2011, there are only “108 extreme poor households” left. The GTP within a span of 12 months transformed the lives of 44,535 extreme poor households. {See Chart}

To say the least, this is a stupendous achievement! An intractable problem that the nation has been grappling with for more than 40 years has ostensibly been solved in 1 year!

Should not the Government be lauded for this?

Guess, it all depends on how ‘extreme poor’ is defined?

The GTP’s definition is as shown below:

Simply put, a given household (average 4.5 persons) with a monthly income of RM 441 [Peninsular]; RM 541 [Sabah] and RM521 [Sarawak] will NOT be classified as “Extreme Poor”!

Guess if you use a very, very low benchmark to measure poverty [or for that matter anything], success can be acclaimed overnight!

Voila!! – there you have it – “Blue Ocean” strategic thinking at its best!

Now, you can decide to send “congratulatory” messages to Putrajaya…….or something else!

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