Inclusive Development for Urban Poor & Bottom 40% Communities in Malaysia

Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

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ed. Denison Jayasooria

Year: 2016

While Malaysia has achieved much in reducing hard core poverty by lifting the quality of life for a majority of Malaysians, we are now faced with the reality of increasing inequality especially experienced by the urban poor and low income families living in urban squatters and high rise low cost flats. Public policy since the Tenth Malaysia Plan and now in the Eleventh Malaysia Plan has started to address this target group based on an inclusive development agenda for all. It has also begun to develop a class-based approach recognising the bottom 40% of the people categorised by their income, educational achievements, employment in low skilled and low paying jobs including the informal sector and in the location of their living situation.

In order to review critically these concerns and issues, a series of discussions and dialogues had been organised in 2013 and 2015 among key stakeholders from civil society, public sector and academic institutions. This KITA-UKM publication entitled “Inclusive development for urban poor & bottom 40% communities in Malaysia” attempts to document the findings for further policy discussions and serve as an advocacy tool. The booklet is divided into two parts based on two different discussions on the similar theme.

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Table of Contents

PART ONE: Building an inclusive Malaysia for all by 2020
Panelists’ Presentations

Dato’ Acryl Sani (PDRM)
Dato’ Dr. Amir Khan (Pemandu-NKRA Crime)
Dr. P. Sundramoorthy (USM)
Mrs. Jasmine Adaickalam (C Codes)
Mr. Fabian Bigar (Pemandu-NKRA Low Income Households)
Dr. Muhammed Abdul Khalid (Khazanah Research)
Datuk Dr. Denison Jayasooria (KITA-UKM)
Mr. Ho Khek Hua (IKLIN-JPNIN)
Dr. Wan Puspa Melati (SEGi University)
Ms. Cynthia Gabriel (MBPJ & C4)
Mr. Jeffry Phang (UTAR & Residents Association)
Dr. Wong Chin Huat (Penang Institute)
Emerging Issues
Programme of the National Dialogue
PART TWO: Urban poverty, public policy & community based development
Executive Summary
Panel Presentations

Prof. Datuk Yusof Kasim (President, COMMACT Malaysia)
Datuk Dr. Denison Jayasooria (Principal Research Fellow, KITA-UKM)
Ms. Jose Fernandez (Community Researcher)
Mrs. Jasmine Adaickalam (Community C Codes)
Mr. Mohd Asri Abdullah (COMMACT Malaysia & Abim Youth Cooperative)
Datuk Abdullah Malim Baginda (COMMACT Adviser)
Dr. Adnan Hezri (ISIS)
YB Rajiv Rishyakaran (ADUN Bukit Gasing)
Emerging Issues
Conclusion & Recommendations

Appendix 1: Programme Details
Appendix 2: Urban Poor Communities Living in High Rise Flats: Challenges & Possibilities for People-Centred Development
Appendix 3: Working with the Urban Poor: D.Y.N.A.M.I.S.M©: (A Case Study by Community Codes)
Appendix 4: Cooperatives and People-Centred Development: A Case Study of Muslim Youth Cooperative Malaysia Berhad
Appendix 5: Connecting People-Centred Development and Sustainability to Public Policy
Appendix 6: Media Article ‘Poverty: Hope beyond Handouts’
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