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eKasih- Malaysia’s National Poverty Database System  

Last updated: August 16, 2018

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What is eKasih ?
eKasih is Malaysia’s national poverty database system that was developed by the Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU) under the Prime Minister’s Department in 2008 to collect the relevant data of households living in poverty and also the vulnerable at the bottom income percentile. The centralised database used for more efficient and effective planning and delivery of government assistance and aid programmes to a targeted group of low-income households.  In addition, the database provides the basis for future planning of government poverty eradication programmes.      

Who is eligible to register with eKasih?
Household income groups qualified to register with eKasih

  • Household income below the Poverty Line Income 2014 (Pendapatan Garis Kemiskinan (PGK) 2014)

  • Vulnerable Rural households earning less than RM1,000 a month 

  • Vulnerable urban households earning less than RM1,500 a month

Programme Brief


Database to help the government to implement, deliver and monitor assistance programmes for low-income households
Income Group: monthly household income < RM1,500
Target Group: Low-income households



Ministry: Prime Minister’s Department
Agency: Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU)
Web link:
Telephone: 03-8000 8000
Fax: 03-8888 3528 / 3646

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What is the Poverty Line?
The poverty line of a country can be defined as the estimated minimum level of income needed by a household or a person to secure the bare necessities of life. Also termed as poverty threshold or limit, it is the smallest amount of money a family or a person needs to buy what is needed to live on.  It can be defined as an amount that a household needs or per capita amount to sustain an individual. Households or people who are earning below this line are classified as poor. This line is always used as a benchmark to decide who is eligible for assistance such as financial aid, food, shelter or medical care because people living below the poverty line usually do not have sufficient money to meet their basic needs. The newly World Bank revised international extreme poverty line stands at USD1.90 per day, which is almost half the income of our defined hardcore poor.



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