Arab body calls for expulsion of Iran from Islamic Organizations

The debris of a missile fired by Iranian-back Houthi militia after it was shot down before it reached Makkah by the Saudi air force. (Arab News photo)
Updated 21 November 2016

Arab body calls for expulsion of Iran from Islamic Organizations

The Council of Gulf International Relations "COGIR" has called Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for Arab States in particular and Arab and Islamic states to take harshest resolutions against Iran, including its expulsion from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) due to its harmful acts against Islamic unity, its attempts to split the Islamic solidarity and weaken it in front of the world in addition to its sponsorship of terrorism in all its forms and planting the culture of sectarianism and betrayal among Muslims.
The Council also stressed that Tehran's instigation of its agents in Yemen to target Makkah showed the Muslim world the hatred of this country against the holiest sanctities of Muslims and its indifference to those sanctities.
This was announced by the President of COGIR and Chairman of its Arab Society for Press and Freedom of Information. Dr. Tariq Al Sheikhan.


Malaysia’s poverty levels far higher than reported, UN expert says

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Malaysia’s poverty levels far higher than reported, UN expert says

  • Malaysia’s official poverty rate dropped to 0.4% in 2016
  • Independent groups said the actual poverty rate is 15%

KUALA LUMPUR: A UN human rights expert on Friday disputed Malaysia’s assertion that it has nearly eliminated poverty, saying that official figures were vastly inaccurate and do not reflect realities on the ground.
Malaysia’s official poverty rate dropped from 49% in 1970 to just 0.4% in 2016.
But Philip Alston, UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, said the official numbers relied on outdated measures, with the poverty line remaining at the same level for decades despite increasingly high costs of living.
Analyzes done by independent groups suggest that Malaysia has “significant poverty” and that its true poverty rate was about 15%, Alston said.
“The government’s official figures would make it the world champion in eliminating poverty ... but I think it’s pretty obvious that that’s not the case,” Alston told a news conference at the end of an 11-day visit to Malaysia.
The prime minister’s office and finance ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Alston’s assertion.
Alston said the national poverty line of $234.00 per household per month was “ridiculous,” as it would mean an urban family of four would have to survive on 8 ringgit, or less than $2, per person per day.
“It can’t be done except under really dire circumstances,” he said.
Undercounting the poverty rate has led to a lack of effective government policies targeting the problem, with too many underfunded and ineffective programs in place, Alston said.
He urged Malaysia to reassess its methods for measuring poverty and take into account vulnerable groups excluded from the data such as stateless families, migrant workers, and refugees
“Only then can Malaysia begin devising policies that can systematically address their needs,” he said.