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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 25 (Bernama) -- Poor families registered with the e-Kasih

system are not guaranteed eligibility to obtain aid under the poverty

eradication programme carried out by relevant agencies and ministries.

The Prime Minister''s Department Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU JPM)

clarified that e-Kasih was not a charitable organisation as perceived by many.

According to a statement from the unit today, the open registration only

determined whether a detailed census should be carried out or not.

Information from e-Kasih can be used to plan projects on aid distribution

and participation by all agencies which were given access.

The system was established in 2007 as a national database on poor families

to enable charitable agencies to choose those who are eligible under the poverty

eradication programme.



The criteria used in deciding poverty status is the Poverty Income Line

(PGK) and per capita household income as determined by the Economic Planning

Unit (EPU).

The data and information keyed into the e-Kasih system is based on the Poor

Household Census (BIRM) carried out in two phases, in addition to online

registration at www.ekasih.gov.my.

Based on Phase 1 of the census conducted from December 2007 to June 2008,

181,564 households were registered of which 44,643 were categorised as hardcore

poor, 53,557 poor and 83,364 borderline poor.

The second phase carried out from January 2008 until July 2009 found that

46,976 households were registered, of which 6,366 were hardcore poor, 13,476

poor and 27,134 others were categorised as borderline poor.

Until Jan 14 this year, 195,493 cases under open registration were received,

and from that a census was done on 89,359 cases, 66,377 cases were deemed

ineligible for census while the 39,757 cases were undergoing census.



However, according to the statement, in terms of implementation and aid

distribution, the government decided on Dec 6 last year that priority for aid

distribution and poverty eradication projects to be given to those under


"However, aid and projects for those not listed with e-Kasih can be

considered should they fulfill the criteria and requirements of relevant

agencies," he said.

In relation to that, he said continuous efforts were taken to check and

update the e-Kasih list to ensure only those eligible benefited from the aid.

This ensures the movement of those households which have improved are moved

to a better category, but their information is still saved by e-Kasih, he added.

Until Jan 14, 2011, a total of 43,340 households have moved out of the

e-Kasih list.



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