ASLI Nation Building Conversation with Tun Daim Zainuddin

27 Nov 2019, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunway Hotel Resort & Spa, Persiaran Lagoon, Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia


Nation Building Conversations with

YABhg Tun Dr. Daim Zainuddin

Wednesday, 27 November 2019

Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa

“Poverty in Malaysia: Reality vs Perception”

The preliminary report by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Professor Philip Alston released on 23rd August 2019 states that Malaysia’s poverty rate could be between 15% and 20%. This is indeed a troubling revelation and it has sparked intense debate among the academia as well as the public in general. This rate also contradicts the official statistics of the government where it was shown that only 0.4% of households living under the poverty threshold. This raises questions on the absolute poverty concept used to measure the Poverty Line Income (PLI) and whether or not it reflects the actual reality of poverty situation or otherwise. As poverty is a multifaceted phenomenon and other countries may adopt different poverty measurement concepts; this may results in a situation where societies would perceive poverty differently. Is there a need for a multidimensional approach to be adopted by Malaysia especially in a changing environment and to what extend Malaysia needs to conceptualise poverty in a more inclusive way through a broad spectrum of variables. 

Thus, it is pertinent to explore and identify the gap in the poverty measurement in Malaysia, if there is any, and employ a more holistic measurement to ensure that poverty eradication efforts could be carried out more effectively. 



10.00 am

Arrival and Registration of attendance

Coffee / Tea


10.30 am

Welcome Address by YBhg Tan Sri Dr. Jeffrey Cheah AO

Chairman of Asian Strategy & Leadership Institute (ASLI)


Nation Building Conversations with YABhg Tun Dr. Daim Zainuddin

Moderated by ASLI


12.00 pm

End of session




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In June 2019, the founding shareholders of ASLI donated their shares to the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation to further strengthen its capacity and resources in thought leadership and mandate in nation building.

ASLI is now owned and governed by the not-for-profit Jeffrey Cheah Foundation, which is Malaysia’s largest education-focused social enterprise. This underscores the Foundation’s remit in providing “thought leadership” as a key component in its mission of nation building and creating a prosperous and progressive Malaysia. This enhances ASLI’s independence, allowing us to maintain a nuanced impartiality and intellectual integrity.

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Venue : Sunway Hotel Resort & Spa, Persiaran Lagoon, Bandar Sunway, Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia