After decades of maintaining a national poverty line that many criticised was unrepresentative of the true scale of poverty in the country, Malaysia recently made the decision to revise the line to RM2,208.
BFM speaks to former UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty Philip Alston, a vocal critic of the previous line, who commends this as a step forward – but is it enough?
Produced and presented by Roshan Kanesan
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