Education for all.
While Malaysia has done remarkably well in uplifting the standard of living of its citizens, there are emerging areas of concern that require urgent attention, particularly on the reality of urban poor who live in—borrowing a report Children Without: A study of urban child poverty in low cost flats in Kuala Lumpur by UNICEF—a data ‘blind spot’. The study concludes a presage of an emerging national crisis that has medium and long-term implications for the future well-being and productivity of the economy, as we approach developed status in 2020 and beyond, should those empirical findings be taken for granted by stakeholders. While the national poverty rate is less than one percent, and almost eradicated in certain cities in Malaysia, these indicators unfortunately mask the rich information content of empirical case studies based on the reality of the situation on the ground. The study by UNICEF finds that about 22 per cent of children living in below the age of five are stunted, 15 per cent are underweight and 23 per cent are either overweight or obese.