The distribution of wealth to fight poverty and protect the welfare of the People

Combined Task Malaysia

Yang Berhormat,
We are pleased to draw attention to the formulation of the Honourable Social Inclusiveness.

On February 24, 2014 The Honourable Dr. Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj, Sungai Siput MP has sent a notice to the Secretary of the House of Commons for tabling the motion of the Bill titled Private Members Social Inclusiveness Act 2014, at a session of Parliament will begin on this 10Mac 2014. This motion was supported by the Honourable Dr. Ong Kian Ming, Serdang MP.

To YB, Combined Task Malaysia (GBM), a coalition of 24 non-governmental organizations various ethnic and religious groups, who are impartial and committed to building a better Malaysia, fully supports this initiative. The aim of the Bill is in line with one thing in GBM Charter, namely:

"The distribution of wealth to fight poverty and protect the welfare of the People.Any affirmative action should be based on need and not ethnic background. "

Social Inclusiveness Act needed now based on the following items:

  • That vision to achieve a society that is fair, equitable and inclusive aspirations enshrined in the National Principles promulgated on 31 August 1970 but it appears we are still far from implementing and realizing the vision outlined in the historical documents.

  • That nearly 40 percent of Malaysians are still trapped in a cycle of poverty and ketaksamarataan inherited from one generation to another. Nearly 12 million citizens belong to the group of low-income households and the poor and do not have the ability to overcome the deficiencies and weaknesses that forced their face every day. Individuals and groups vulnerable to prejudice, discrimination and marginalized.

  • That the gap between the 40% of households and members of the community growing. They are trapped in a variety of birth due to lack of a low asset base.These include the level of education and low skills, health and poor nutrition;and poor living environment.

  • That the social ills associated with a breakdown of the family problems in this society in particular, has become more pronounced. Increased rates of substance abuse such as drugs and alcohol, drop out, child abuse, criminal activity and mental illness, is a clear indication that there is something wrong with our country.

  • That the income gap is growing. Forty percent (40%) of households earn an average monthly income of RM 1,847, while the top 20% of households receive RM 12,159 per month. This means, the Division of Income (Income Share) for the 40% of households in the lower level is 14.8%, while the top 20% of households earned 48.6% of the total income. If specified yet, the top 10% of households have 33.1% of the total income, while 10% of households earn only 2% of the income.

  • That ketaksamarataan terms of health and education among residents of households and senior households of middle and top, the longer growing.

Long-term solutions for creating a more just and inclusive requires a new paradigm. The main causes of poverty and marginalization need to be addressed in an objective and impartial. The proposal is centered on the establishment of an independent Social Inclusiveness Commission, which reports directly to Parliament. The Commission should be given the mandate to regulate and monitor all matters relating to the eradication of poverty, affirmative action and social inclusiveness.

Particulars of the recommendations contained in the draft law can be accessed at the following link:

Indeed, we believe that this law includes several important recommendations that will contribute towards achieving the vision of creating a society that is fair, equitable and inclusive aspirations enshrined as National Principles.

The process of consultation with the people it is important to strengthen the integrity of democracy in our country. Therefore, we recommend the YB as elected representatives in the negotiations YB respectively to obtain views and stand roll against this Act. We call on the Honourable voters make their views and feedback as the basis for decision making. Anything we hope YB can give support to Bill Private Members because it puts the interests of the poorest people in the main.

Hopefully get a positive consideration of YB.
So, thank you.

List of Member Organizations GBM:

  1. Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)
  2. Flow
  3. Tamil Foundation
  4. Ikram Organisation of Malaysia (Ikram)
  5. Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Krisitian, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MPMA-BKHST)
  6. Negeri Sembilan Chinese Assembly Hall (NSCAH)
  7. Penang Chinese Town Hall (PGCTH)
  8. The Federation of Chinese Associations Johore State (FCAJ)
  9. Lim Lian Geok Cultural Development Centre (LLG)
  10. United Chinese School Alumni Association of Malaysia (UCSAAM)
  11. Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF)
  12. Voice of the Malaysian People (SUARAM)
  13. Center for Communications Society (KOMAS)
  14. Fun Children Bangsa Malaysia (SABM)
  15. Community Association of Selangor and Federal Territory (Permas)
  16. National Indian Rights Action Team (NIAT)
  17. Sarawak Youth (AMS)
  18. All Women’s Action Society (AWAM)
  19. Partners in Community Organising (Pacos Trust)
  20. Former Association of Graduates of the University and Colleges in China, Malaysia (Liu Hua)
  21. Nanyang University Alumni Malaya (Nanda)
  22. Japan Graduates Association, Malaysia (JAGAM)
  23. Taiwan University Alumni Associations Malaysia (GPAUTM)
  24. Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF)


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