A total of 168,946 eKasih participants came out from the list of aid recipients of the programme after having increased their household income last year.

According to the Government Transformation Programme (GTP) Report for 2013 released today, 89 per cent of 188,781 participants were taken out of the list.

In 2013, eKasih had registered a total of 462, 571 participants.

The report also revealed that other reasons for their exclusion included deaths (5,082 people), focus groups validation (4,937), welfare assistance (438), remarriage (47) and others (9,331).

e-Kasih is a database created at the national level to plan, implement and monitor poverty programmes.

The report said that under the National Key Result Area (NKRA ) for raising living standards of low-income households, a total of 69,972 participants in eKasih were categorised as extremely poor, poor (129,275) and vulnerable poor (74.543)

On the 1AZAM programme which focused on permanently eradicating the extreme poor category, the report said a total of 18,249 participants had increased their income by RM300 for any three months.

In fact , that number exceed its target, the report said, as in the beginning only 17,060 participants were targeted to be able to increase their household income.

The total number of new 1AZAM participants was 38,663 people.

Meanwhile, the report highlighted the role of corporate citizens and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) for their support and generosity in helping accelerate government efforts to improve the economic status of the group, as well as to overcome the problem malnourished children and communal health issues.

Through the collaborative partnership , the government formulated two initiatives to address the problems, which are economic empowerment and economic enablers.

The corporations that stepped up to contribute include Petronas, General Electric (EC), AirAsia, Astro All Asia and the Construction Industry Development Board Malaysia (CIDB).

Among the challenges faced by the government were income increase not uniform across all 1AZAM participants and problems in implementing insurance coverage for 1AZAM participants.

The NKRA team had also found tracking the vulnerable groups such as former drug addicts and released convicts difficult as they tended to keep a low profile following discharge.

For the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) in 2014 , a major initiative that is emphasised is to ensure that 1AZAM participants have all the support and follow-up consultations they need to become successful.

Under the NKRA, the government also aims to increase the number of participants who increase their income by RM300 in any three months to 28,900 this year, from 17,060.

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