Perkasa tells IDEAS more children won’t result in poverty

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Slamming the think tank's Azrul Mohd Khalib, Perkasa says his statements on Terengganu's money-for-births plan is not backed by evidence.

Slamming the think tank’s Azrul Mohd Khalib, Perkasa says his statements on Terengganu’s money-for-births plan is not backed by evidence.

PETALING JAYA: Perkasa has slammed Azrul Mohd Khalib, of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), for criticising the Terengganu government’s cash incentive programme to encourage more childbirths in the state.

In a statement, the Malay rights group’s Islamic affairs chairman Amini Amir Abdullah said Azrul’s take on the matter was not supported by “evidence, data and statistics”.

Perkasa, Amini added, also believed Azrul, who is the institute’s external relations manager, was making wild assumptions.

These included Azrul’s statement that Malaysians should learn from the “bitter lessons” of other countries where unplanned pregnancies and policies, which encouraged having children beyond one’s means, have had detrimental effects. Read more

Cash incentives for births a bad idea, says IDEAS

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It is irresponsible to encourage people to have more children than they can afford, says think tank on Terengganu government’s plan to offer higher payments for more births. Pic from FMT News.

It is irresponsible to encourage people to have more children than they can afford, says think tank on Terengganu government’s plan to offer higher payments for more births. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: The Terengganu government’s cash incentive programme to encourage more childbirths in the state could lead to a cycle of poverty, says the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS).

IDEAS external relations manager Azrul Mohd Khalib said he disagreed with the programme.

Azrul said encouraging families to have more children was not a problem, but encouraging them to do so when they could not afford it was irresponsible and dangerous.

He said the programme’s prescribed one-off RM500 cash incentive for the eighth and consecutive child did not deal with the consequences of having children beyond a person’s means. Read more