Poverty eradication project in Sabah, Malaysia: new initiative, new challenges?

Jalihah Md Shah and Rosazman Hussin and Asmady Idris (2023) Poverty eradication project in Sabah, Malaysia: new initiative, new challenges? PLANNING MALAYSIA: Journal of the Malaysian Institute of Planners, 21. pp. 477-492.

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Since independence, the Malaysian government has invested billions of ringgits in the fight against poverty. Despite the national decrease in the percentage of the population living in poverty, the state of Sabah has had the highest poverty rate in Malaysia since 1997. Why has the poverty alleviation programme been less effective in reducing this social phenomenon among the poor communities in Sabah? To address this question, this paper discusses the issues and challenges confronting stakeholders involved in the poverty eradication programme in Sabah. The paper focuses on the implementation of the People's Income Initiative (PII) Phase 1 project in two communities: Penimbawan Village, Tuaran, and Bongkol Village, Pitas. This qualitative study reveals those participants, implementing agencies, and other stakeholders face issues and challenges when implementing poverty eradication projects. Furthermore, the issues faced by the poverty eradication project participants were found to include their own attitudes towards the project, such as a lack of focus on or interest in the project; the existence of a subsidy mentality; and the lack of clarity regarding the project's goals. However, the implementing agency was discovered to encounter issues with market support. The difficulties currently faced by these three parties could affect how long the PII Project can successfully eradicate poverty in both localities.

Item Type: Article
Keyword: Poverty, Hardcore Poor, Poverty Eradication Project, the People’s Income Initiative, Sustainability
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic history and conditions > HC10-1085 Economic history and conditions > HC94-1085 By region or country
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > HT51-1595 Communities. Classes. Races
Department: FACULTY > Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2024 15:25
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2024 15:25
URI: https://eprints.ums.edu.my/id/eprint/38090

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