from the Malaysian Star
By M. SIVANANTHA SHARMA
BUTTERWORTH: The state government aims to eradicate hardcore poor families in Penang by March next year.
Deputy Chief Minister II Dr P. Ramasamy has urged state assemblymen to identify such families in their respective areas for the state Welfare Department to compile the exact statistic.
He added the state had up to now, registered more than 350 families in the hardcore poor category and efforts were being made to identify more.
“If everything goes as planned there will be no more hardcore poor family in the state by March. Once this mission is achieved, Penang will be the first state in the country to absolutely wipe out poverty,” he said Wednesday at the Deepavali Charity Cultural show at Dewan Sree Maha Mariamman Temple at Jalan Mengkuang here.
He also said the improved quality of life would also help reduce the crime rate in the state.
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