Saturday, April 17, 2004

"Order to wipe out hard-core poverty in 5 years"

DAILY EXPRESS NEWS


Order to wipe out hard-core poverty in 5 years
17 April, 2004

PUTRAJAYA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on Friday instructed the Finance Ministry to give serious attention to tackle hardcore poverty and problems besieging low-income earners.

Abdullah, who is also Finance Minister, ordered his Ministry staff to eradicate hardcore poverty in five years.

Besides ensuring the country’s economy was managed prudently, poverty among the people should not be ignored as it was an obligation, he said when speaking at the Ministry’s monthly assembly.

“We must work seriously (to eliminate poverty), it is an obligation that must be pursued vigorously to wipe out poverty because poverty can lead to loss of faith. It’s our obligation and struggle to eradicate poverty,” he said.

Abdullah said the Government had always provided facilities for the poor and low-income earners to increase their earnings to lead a better life.

Abdullah also urged the Ministry staff to support sectors that could help stimulate economic growth.

He singled out agriculture as one sector with great potential to contribute significantly to the national economy apart from creating new avenues for additional income for the people.

“We must have strategies and programmes to generate activities that can stimulate the economy. Sectors with promising growth prospects like agriculture must be supported strongly,” he said.

Abdullah said the manpower aspect must also be given serious emphasis in efforts to create a learned younger generation.

“The manpower sector should be given attention because we want our younger generation to acquire skills so that they can contribute to the country’s development,” he added. - Bernama