'We take note that the official calculation for poverty in Malaysia, which measures absolute poverty
is too low and does not accurately reflect the reality of the cost of living in both urban and rural settlements across the country today.
According to the Rowntree Foundation, the number of struggling households being pushed into absolute poverty
is expected to be 200,000 as a result of the switch to UC.
Moreover, absolute poverty
was "virtually unchanged" in 2017-18, leaving it "at its lowest ever level", 16 percentage points lower than in 1997-98.
A United Nations report indicating that some 14 million Kenyans about 35 per cent of the population live in absolute poverty
presents a grim situation that should compel the government to take drastic actions to reverse the trend.
Relative poverty in this country yes, as there always will be simply because it is relative, but to witness absolute poverty
would require a visit to such places as Mali, Chad or the Central African Republic.
Otherwise, the constantly increasing costs of living will let the poor stuck in the absolute poverty
trap for the next many decades.
Last year, the number of children living in absolute poverty
increased by 200,000.
"Employment is at a record high, wages are outstripping inflation and income inequality and absolute poverty
are lower than in 2010.
The number of children in absolute poverty
rose by 200,000 to 3.7 million compared to the previous year.
The Government's child poverty act sets a target of reducing relative child poverty to below 18 per cent by 2023-24, and to below 10 per cent by 2030-31, alongside targets to reduce absolute poverty
, persistent poverty and material deprivation.
In contemporary China, from its founding until today, the eradication of absolute poverty
has been a priority