New Straits Times: UN lauds poverty reduction

Published 26 November 2014

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysia Human Development Report 2013 (MHDR) said the country has carved out and promoted a growth-with-distribution strategy over the past decades, and accomplished results that earned global recognition, admiration and respect.

United Nations resident coordinator in Malaysia Michelle Gyles-McDonnough said this was evident with the reduction in absolute poverty from almost 50 per cent in the 1970s to 1.7 per cent in 2012.

She said Malaysia’s Gini coefficient (a measure of statistical dispersion to represent the income distribution of a nation’s residents) declined from 0.513 to 0.441 during this period, showing a reduction of income gap.

“Malaysia also achieved two- thirds of the Millennium Development Goals with significant progress seen in the remaining areas,” she said at the launch of Malaysia’s first National Human Development Report with the theme “Redesigning An Inclusive Future”.

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