World Bank confirms Sabah as M'sia's poorest state

World Bank confirms Sabah as M’sia’s poorest state
Joe Fernandez | Nov 11, 10 4:26pm

The World Bank (WB) in Washington has confirmed through a new study that Sabah is
not only the poorest state in Malaysia but it’s likely to stay that way for a considerable
length of time given current efforts in poverty eradication.
The bottom line is that Malaysia’s economic planning in Sabah so far, has not been
for inclusive growth.
The study is part of the World Bank’s 2010 Malaysia Economic Monitor (MEM), the third
in its series.
It was handed over last night to the state government by the WB’s Human
Development Sector Director (East Asia and Pacific Region) Emmanuel Jimenez (left).
The state government was represented by Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s
Department, Nasrun Mansur, at the handing over of the report, themed Inclusive
Growth, to the State Economic Planning Unit (EPU) at the Shangri-La’s Tanjung Aru
Resort in Kota Kinabalu.
“Although efforts by the government have somewhat lessened poverty, it’s still not
enough,” said Jimenez. “The MEM shows that Sabahans continue to struggle to make
ends meet. This is more evident in the outskirts of the towns.”
He was speaking with the media after the handing-over ceremony which was also
witnessed by senior WB economist Philip Schellekens and EPU director Ismail Abdullah.
Most poor in rural areas
The deep levels of poverty in Sabah, according to Jimenez, could be seen from the
fact that although the state has only 10 percent of Malaysia’s population, it has 40
percent of the poverty-stricken.
In contrast, Selangor, which has nearly a quarter of the country’s population, has less
than 10 per cent of the poor.
The WB has also identified that most of the poor in Sabah can be found in the rural
areas mainly among the Rungus in the north and Orang Sungai in the east, both
Kadazandusun groups, the latter generally Muslim; and the Suluks in the east who are
a Muslim group from the Philippines from the days of the Sulu Sultanate.
There are also poor among all other communities including in the urban areas among
the Chinese.
Nasrun praised the WB for accurately identifying poverty and regional disparity as the
main critical issues concerning Sabah.
He disclosed that the MEM was put together with input from Sabah which was visited
by a WB team several months ago.
“We are fortunate to have access to the WB’s vast expertise in addressing issues of
poverty, regional disparity and inclusive growth,” said Nasrun. “They can advise us in
taking a holistic approach towards addressing these challenges.”
He lamented that compared with the states in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah is very much

Hah! :mrgreen:

Hmm… not really, this is the stats your government provides to public:

GNP per capita (in US$) - richest to poorest

WP Kuala Lumpur - $16,365.15
Penang - $10,572.66
Selangor - $9,090.15
Sarawak - $7,998.40
Negeri Sembilan - $7,774.16
Melaka - $7,471.43
Pahang - $6,351.91
Johor - $5,979.62
Terengganu - $5,322.03
Perak - $4,808.19
Perlis - $4,419.09
Sabah - $3,725.08
Kedah - $3,622.00
Kelantan - $2,345.57

[quote=“mevotex”]Hmm… not really, this is the stats your government provides to public:

GNP per capita (in US$) - richest to poorest

WP Kuala Lumpur - $16,365.15
Penang - $10,572.66
Selangor - $9,090.15
Sarawak - $7,998.40
Negeri Sembilan - $7,774.16
Melaka - $7,471.43
Pahang - $6,351.91
Johor - $5,979.62
Terengganu - $5,322.03
Perak - $4,808.19
Perlis - $4,419.09
Sabah - $3,725.08
Kedah - $3,622.00
Kelantan - $2,345.57[/quote]

i felt poor compared to kuala lumpur…

Blame goverment for this…actually Sabah maybe one of the richest state in Malaysia if federal not take the money…same also with Sarawak,Terengganu & Kelantan…

y blame the government?? maybe u shud blame ursef for not voting wisely…

there goes the guy who will shout…blame it to the penisular ppl again…bla…bla…

as usual you’re pointless or even factless in replying every thread - why don’t you put some reasons why we shouldn’t blame the peninsular?

no need complain… give solution…vote wisely next election~~~~ ^^

It’s not federal who took the money but the politician spent the money more than they develop the state. I believe Taik Manok are the richest man in Malaysia then follow by Tun Mahaltail.

kesian east msia~ tutz

How’s that possible? I thought Sabah is booming with all the tourist cash flow and all those international direct flights. Hmmmm something fishy haha

Not sure if Sabah is the poorest but i think Sarawak government is one of the riches in Malaysia.

fengshui, perhaps?

myanmar was the richest in this region 50 years ago. now poorest.

sabah was the richest in malaysia 40 years ago. now poorest.

[quote=“k-ray”]fengshui, perhaps?

myanmar was the richest in this region 50 years ago. now poorest.

sabah was the richest in malaysia 40 years ago. now poorest.[/quote]

uh-oh, according to your fengshui, did u hint singapore next? :mrgreen:

maybe when LKY dies the country will go into chaos, lol.

[quote=“mevotex”][quote=“k-ray”]fengshui, perhaps?

myanmar was the richest in this region 50 years ago. now poorest.

sabah was the richest in malaysia 40 years ago. now poorest.[/quote]

uh-oh, according to your fengshui, did u hint singapore next? :mrgreen:

maybe when LKY dies the country will go into chaos, lol.[/quote]

:wink: i’ll tell you 50 years later