Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad during the Monthly Assembly of the Prime Minister’s Department at Dataran Perdana, Perdana Putra in Putrajaya. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 06 JANUARY 2020 subsidies poverty
Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad during the Monthly Assembly of the Prime Minister’s Department at Dataran Perdana, Perdana Putra in Putrajaya. PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 06 JANUARY 2020

By Norlaile Abd Rahman

PUTRAJAYA – The government will be introducing measures to assist the lower income group in increasing their income.

Although he did not provide details on the plan, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that everyone would be able to do that even if they do not have the skills and knowledge as long as they are willing to learn.

According to him, unlike the previous administration, the current government feels that subsidies and assistance to the lower income groups would not help them to get out from poverty. He also said that poverty happens when the people are not productive.

“Both parties (government and civil servants) need to focus in explaining to the people that poverty cannot be overcome by subsidies and assistance but through productivity,” he said during the Monthly Assembly of the Prime Minister’s Department today.

Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad (centre) accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (third right) during the Monthly Assembly of the Prime Minister’s Department at Dataran Perdana, Perdana Putra, Putrajaya.     PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 06 JANUARY 2020
Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad (centre) accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (third right) during the Monthly Assembly of the Prime Minister’s Department at Dataran Perdana, Perdana Putra, Putrajaya.
PIX: SYAFIQ AMBAK / MalaysiaGazette / 06 JANUARY 2020

Dr Mahathir added, the people also needs to change their attitude and be more responsible towards their duties. They need to be sincere and hold on the good practices, including to be free from corruption as it will only hamper the development of the country.

Meanwhile, he also advised the people and civil servants not to hate or to envy the rich.

“We need to keep that feeling (envious) from influencing us as these rich people are needed to pay high taxes. Some of them pay hundreds of million of ringgit.

“If everyone is extremely poor, where do we get the funds to pay for our salaries and to develop the country?

“There is a place for the poor and a place for the rich but the rich needs to help the poor.

“(The help) is not merely from their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programmes but also by paying full taxes.

“We are not trying to punish anyone but taxes are needed to administer and develop the country,” he said.

According to Dr Mahathir, the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 was created as the government noticed the gap between the rich and the poor; rural and urban among others.

The policies and strategies can be achieved if everyone work together.

The policies also need to be well received by the people to ensure its success. -MalaysiaGazette

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