KOTA BARU, Nov 5 — The rate of poverty, especially hardcore poverty, in Kelantan dropped to 0.4 per cent in 2016 from 0.9 per cent in 2014.
Kelantan Federal Action Council chairman (MTPNK), Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said the 0.4 per cent was the same as the national level in 2016.
“The drop is due to the various development programmes planned by the federal government for Kelantan over the last number of years and we hope that in the years to come, the percentage will drop further.
“Among the efforts carried out to reduce the poverty rate in Kelantan are entrepreneurship and health programmes as well as the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M),” he told a press conference after chairing an MTPNK meeting at Wisma Jabatan Pembangunan Persekutuan (JPP) Kelantan, here, today.
Also present was Kelantan JPP director, Yahaya Mamat.
Mustapa, who is International Trade and Industry Minister, said the hardcore poverty category was based on household monthly income of RM930 with the minimum number of family members comprising a couple and three children.
However, he did not reveal the number of hardcore poor in Kelantan now.
Meanwhile, Mustapa who is also the MP for Jeli, said five projects at a cost of RM936.07 million under the second Rolling Plan this year to complete the Central Spine Road had not begun their physical activities yet.
He said these included the construction of a flyover from Kota Bharu across the Wakaf Bharu roundabout to Pengkalan Kubor costing RM144 million, Kota Baru-Kuala Krai Expressway (Package 2B: Ketereh to Kok Lanas costing RM229.79 million and Sungai Gu Bridge , Kota Bharu, at RM8.73 million.
The other two projects are the Simpang Pulai-Lojing-Gua Musang-Kuala Berang road (Package 6A: Aring to the Kelantan/ Terengganu border (RM300 million) and the Central Spine Road (Section 3D: Gua Musang roundabout to Mentara (RM253.55 million). — Bernama