Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi has the answer as to why the Sabah poverty eradication programme produces poor result during the Eighth Malaysia Plan (2000-2004). He said the main factor for the minimum achievement was due to the Eastern Malaysian State's inability to absorb more unskilled human resources.
Abdullah told Parliament that there were 80,100 households living in poverty in 1990 with 24,100 of them categorised as hardcore poor. In 2004, the figures increased to 114,200 living in poverty of which 32,400 were hardcore poor.
It is sad to realise that there are among us in Sabah still living in poverty. What the Prime Minister had said must now be seriously `be heard' by the State Government. Failing which, come 2020, the Land Below the Wind will still have people living in poverty.Just thinking aloud: Where had/are all the Government's fund gone/going?