There are 16,403 hardcore poor households in Sabah currently, from 21,514 in 2007, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman said today.

He attributed the drop in the number of to efforts made by the government to achieve a zero poverty by 2010 in the state.

Poverty eradication programmes would focus on the productive group, while the disabled and elderly folks would be placed under the responsibility of the Social Development and Consumer Affairs Ministry, he said after chairing a meeting here.

The hardcore poor families in Sabah are those with household income of below RM540 a month for those in the rural areas and RM960 for those in the urban areas.

Musa also said that the Rural and Regional Development Ministry had allocated RM100 million for the building of 2,486 units of houses in Sabah this year.

The state government was also allocated RM 23.2 million for implementation of programmes to provide a better livelihood for the people, which included career development training, nutritional and supplementary food programme, he added.

— BERNAMA