In Bernama report dated 30 October 2008, Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Seri Joseph Pairin Kitingan said various aid extended to heads of hardcore poor households via the Peoples Welfare Development Scheme (SPKR) should not be viewed as a privilege.
He said the recipients should instead work hard and not only depend on state assistance all the time."We need to change attitude and not depend too much on the government for help,"
Pairin said in his speech when officiating the Additional Balanced Food Programme (PTMS) organised by the Tambunan branch of the Community Development Department (Kemas) at the Pisompuruan Square.
Is it not the government responsibility to look after the hardcore poor? Are not more programs and incentives be extend to help alleviate the living conditions of the hardcore poor?