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28th July, Department of Statistic Malaysia released a series of reports, which includes latest (2022) national household incomes. On the whole, the report showed that the average household income in the year 2022 was higher compared to the year 2019.  The poverty line has increased from RM2,208 to RM2,589. If we observe carefully the statistics of every state, then we would be able to see the obvious gap; basically, the poorer and distant states have lower income. B40 group in Klang Valley has low income. But, if this group of people were to be placed in Kelantan, Peninsular Malaysia’s poorest state, they would most likely be classified under the T20 group, because in that state, there are so many more who are classified as hardcore poverty.
Another figure that we should also pay attention to is the “Food Category Poverty Line Income (PLI)”, meaning that a balanced diet with sufficient nutrients and calories, would require RM1,198 for a household of 4 members.  This figure is actually higher than the national average and also states like Sabah, Sarawak, Pahang, Terengganu, Selangor and Malacca. These states spend more money on food compared to other states. I think generally everyone of us has experienced the consequences of rising living costs due to various global and domestic inflation pressure. However,the poor and underprivileged are the ones that would suffer significantly.
In order to lighten the pressure of rising inflation for the poor and underprivileged group, 7979 came out with a program known as “Manna Food Bank”, hoping to mobilise church’s volunteers to provide food assistance, as well as caring and accompany the poor and underprivileged. Although the bimonthly delivery of RM200 worth of Manna Food Bag is not a lot, however the constant visitation and caring of volunteers could really comfort and encourage many stay alone elderlies, single parents and poor children.
Not long ago, a church’s leader asked me: “How do we let the community get to know us?”
The next door of this church is a worship place of another faith, and its downstairs is a car repair and services shop.
I asked him back: “Your next door is a worship place of another faith, when do they have their service, at what time, did they hold any activities in the past?”
He answered: “I’m not sure about that.”
Then I asked again: “Under what circumstances will the people in this community pass by the road in front of this church?”
He answered: “Maybe to repair their cars.”
That was the point. Usually believers of another faith would not bother to know when is others’ services schedule, also they would not notice what kind of activities that others held too. On the other hand, if the people of the community are aware of what services it provides, then they would be willing to come to the church and enjoy available services, because those services could improve their lives.If the church has a good reputation, their good work could even spread further.
In every community, there will surely be income gaps between the rich and the poor. Some are struggling to survive just to meet their livelihood needs. If the church sets their foot at this location, then the church should consider to provide various services such as, Companionship Class or Food Bank, while the church provides these services to the people, they could also share the goodness of Gospel with them. Let's move together, striving to shape a more loving society and a more beautiful country.
 “Household Income Malaysia 2022”：https://www.dosm.gov.my/portal-main/release-content/household-income-survey-report--malaysia--states。
 “Poverty in Malaysia 2022”：https://www.dosm.gov.my/portal-main/release-content/poverty-in-malaysia-。
 “Poverty in Malaysia 2022” ：https://www.dosm.gov.my/uploads/release-content/file_20230806212629.pdf。
7月28日，大马国家统计局发布了一系列的报告，包括最新（2022年）的国家家庭收入。从整体来看，报告指出2022年平均家庭收入比2019年有所提高了。贫穷线也从2019年的 RM 2,208 增至 RM2,589。如果细察各州的统计数据，也显示收入差距悬殊，基本上贫穷和偏远的州属收入较低。在巴生谷一带的 B40 家庭，家庭收入低，但是这些家庭在最贫穷的吉兰丹州，可能是属于 T20群体，因为该州有更多极度贫穷的家庭。
 “Household Income Malaysia 2022”，资料取自国家统计局官网：https://www.dosm.gov.my/portal-main/release-content/household-income-survey-report--malaysia--states。
 “Poverty in Malaysia 2022”，资料取自国家统计局官网：https://www.dosm.gov.my/portal-main/release-content/poverty-in-malaysia-。
 “Poverty in Malaysia 2022” ，资料取自国家统计局官网：https://www.dosm.gov.my/uploads/release-content/file_20230806212629.pdf。