New Straits Times

Kids in low-cost flats can break free of poverty with education

- MUHAMMAD ALIEMRAN NORASID President, Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur

Muslim Youth Movement Malaysia (Abim) wants the government to look into a United Nations Children’s Fund study on Feb 26 about children and poverty.

The report claimed that children living in low-cost flats in Kuala Lumpur come from poor families.

It said that some of the children were not eating enough and most of them did not attend school.

Some of the parents claimed they were worried about the safety of their children because of the unsafe housing environmen­t.

The authoritie­s should work with non-government­al organisati­ons to solve the problem.

For example, Federal Territory Abim has helped organise a programme for a people’s housing project in the city where the movement held talks and donated food. Abim also launched a programme for the youth, such as sports, reading and drawing sessions.

All this is done to provide the youth with something to fill their time and the young to exercise their minds. The movement guides children who are eager to learn and those who show potential in their studies.

Character and physical developmen­t of these children should be seen as an investment in the future of the young generation.

Education is important for them.

With knowledge and guidance, they will grow into responsibl­e adults and have jobs that can change their lives.

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