Call for a Joint Ministerial Working Group to tackle the problem of Homelessness

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 13th of June, 2014

It was reported yesterday that the government will be planning a major crackdown on the homeless and beggars in KL starting next month in July, 2014.[1] This major operation will be initiated by the Women, Family and Community Development Ministry (KPWKM), aided by the police, the Immigration Department, the City Council (DBKL) and the National Anti-Drug Agency (AADK).

The statements made by the Minister, Datuk Seri Rohani Abdul Karim, that were reported in various news reports demonstrated a severe lack of understanding and empathy on the part of the Minister regarding the problem of homelessness.

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The Social Inclusion Commission can play a role in monitoring anti-poverty policies similar to how SUHAKAM monitors the government in different areas of human rights

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 10th of April 2014

On the 27th of March, in his reply to parliament, the Minister in charge of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU), Senator Abdul Wahid Omar, in responding to my proposal of the Social Inclusion Act (SIA) said that “The Act is not needed and will not be considered”.[1] This is most disappointing given the serious problems of poverty facing the country.

While the levels of absolute poverty in this country has been reduced significantly over the past 50 years, the fact that 80% of 5.2 million households qualified for the first round of Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia (BR1M) handouts shows that relative poverty in this country still needs to be addressed. More recently, the Deputy Minister of Finance, Ahmad Maslan, stated that 7.9 million individuals and families would be receiving BR1M 3.0 with the government incurring an expenditure of RM4.5 billion compared to RM3 billion for BR1M 2.0 and RM2.6 billion for BR1M 1.0.[2]

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Why I am supporting the tabling of the Social Inclusion Act 2014 as a private member’s bill by Dr. Jeyakumar, MP for Sungai Siput

Media Statement by Dr. Ong Kian Ming, MP for Serdang, on the 24th of February 2014, in Kuala Lumpur

This morning, Dr Jeyakumar, MP for Sungai Siput, submitted a motion to table the Social inclusion Act 2014 as a private member’s bill under Article 49 of the Parliamentary Standing Orders. Included in this motion is my letter of support as a seconder for this private member’s bill.[1]

I would like to congratulate Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM) for their support of this bill. At the same time, I would also like to congratulate Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM) and HAKAM for their efforts in drafting this bill.

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