End Poverty In All Its Form

We are committed to the goal of ending poverty in Malaysia by providing credible and evidence-based data for changemakers.

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How Poor Is Your Neighbour?

Poverty has a face. It has a human face. Do we realise that we are living amongst the disadvantaged and poor? They are there – not just in rural areas, but right in the city too. If you are an organisation whose passion and vision is to alleviate poverty or a knowledge expert in the area of poverty in Malaysia – we ask you to join us by telling us what you know.


We are mapping the poor and changemakers who are involved in reaching them. This should facilitate greater networking, collaboration and better informed decisions.


We are creating and curating bite-size stories with real data, real issues of real people. The stories help raise awareness, inspire change and give voice to the underserved.

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This is an overview of poverty with big questions posed to knowledge experts and poverty changemakers to answer. We need to close the ignorance gap.


We are communicating complex social issues with Millennials and Gen Zs in a relevant and interactive way because there is significant need to push this conversations forward.

Where Are The Poor?

The following maps shows where the poor are in different parts of Malaysia – based on household income and salaries earned.

The poverty map (version 1) shows the median household income of each district in Malaysia. The red zones belong to the B40 category and the green zones are the M40, middle class category.

Map Notes: This map is based on median household income released by the Department of Statistics Malaysia in their Household Income & Basic Amenities Survey Report 2019  

This map shows the percentages of households by districts living below the national poverty line. The Poverty Line (PLI) is RM2,208 per month. Redder regions indicate a higher percentage of households falling below the PLI in 2019 as compared to 2016.

Map Notes: This map is based on the national poverty line released by the Department of Statistics Malaysia in their Household Income & Basic Amenities Survey Report 2019

1. Data Gua Musang includes Lojing
2. Data Batang Padang includes Muallim
3. Data Hilir Perak includes Bagan Datuk
4. Data Kuala Terengganu includes Kuala Nerus
5. Data Beluran includes Telupid
6. Data Serian includes Tebedu
7. Data Betong includes Pusa
8. Data Saratok includes Kabong
9. Data Daro includes Tanjung Manis
10. Data Bintulu includes Sebauh
11. Data Kapit includes Bukit Mabong
12. Data Miri includes Subis
13. Data Marudi includes Beluru and Telang Usan

Credit: Map visualised by Bryan Choi

This map (v1) shows the median and mean and salaries of each Malaysian state. The dark red zones have a median salary of RM2,000 per month. This map is based on median salary income released by the Department of Statistics Malaysia in their Salaries & Wages Survey Report 2019.

Distance To School Map

This map provides you the opportunity to see the area of needs for education in Malaysia. This map shows you distance from home to school based on districts. Darker regions indicate a higher percentage of homes that are further than 9KM from the nearest school.

Map Notes: This map is based on distance to school released by the Department of Statistics Malaysia in their Household Income & Basic Amenities Survey Report 2019 Credit: Map visualised by Bryan Choi

Changemakers Map

On this map you will see pins of changemakers in Malaysia who are helping to alleviate poverty in creative and practical ways. Who are changemakers? They are those who employ innovative solutions to solve social problems – organisations, government bodies, associations, groups, social enterprises and NGOs.

Credit: enhancement of this map is done by Bryan Choi

Poverty Map: The data will give you a big picture view of how we are fairing as a nation and where are the poorer regions.

Changemakers Map: Tells you know about the projects and efforts happening around the nation to help alleviate poverty.

If you want to make a difference, we hope that this map will help you make informed decisions on who to contact and where to channel your resources and efforts. Poverty is a complex issue that requires partnership at all levels.

Find a state or region that you’re interested to know more about, enlarge the map so that pins are more visible, and then hover over the pin to give you the information about the organisation or projects that are happening in that area to help alleviate poverty. Projects range from food banks to education hostels to medical help for the poor.

If you are a changemaker – an NGO, association, social enterprise, business or group that is doing something to alleviate poverty in Malaysia, we would love to have you on the map. Just let us know!

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Impact Sabah

Envisioning equality and social justice for all in Sabah. A culturally diverse and resource-rich state with over 3.9 million in population is brimming with potential. The magnificent and expansive landscapes of Sabah is home to 42 ethnic groups and a large majority of Sabahans are indigenous to the land. Every voice needs to be heard, no one left behind and basic human rights must be granted to all who call Sabah their home.

Impact Klang Valley

Malaysia experienced extraordinary economic growth in recent decades and it led to the burgeoning of the middle class. Klang Valley (KV) as a destination has reaped the benefits of this rapid development, bringing prosperity and higher standards of living to the majority of the people. However, there remains economic and social gaps that need to be addressed. The homeless, urban poor, refugees and marginalised are part of the fabric of KV. Equity, equality and empathy must be extended to all.

Spotlight On Districts

Spotlight is a series that aims to highlight the needs and gaps in the poorest districts of every state in Malaysia. If you’re a changemaker (NGO, association, government led initiative, etc) that is involved in alleviating poverty, this data will help you to make impactful and informed decisions on where to channel and focus your resources and efforts. The data will also inform policy makers and communicators better understand the state of poverty in these districts, thus giving a voice to the voiceless.


Rompin, Pahang

Poorest district in Pahang


Pakan, Sarawak

Poorest district in Sarawak


Pitas, Sabah

Poorest district in Sabah


Lojing, Kelantan

Poorest district in Kelantan



Smallest state in Malaysia


Besut, Terengganu

Poorest district in Terengganu


Tongod, Sabah

Poorest district in Sabah


Julau, Sarawak

(coming soon)

Get Involved With Wiki Impact

We are looking for passionate and willing individuals who would like to contribute to Wiki Impact’s platform. Are you a changemaker with insights to share? Or an academic with research data and information to tell? We want to hear from you. We are starting with POVERTY as our first issue, but we invite others who are passionate about other social issues to contribute too. Wiki Impact is a collaborative platform to make social issues known.


Write the first framework or persuasive piece on a social issue we’ve not featured. Convince us why it should be talked about.


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Wade through pages on the internet and help us with desk research. We are looking for curious minds with a keen sense to investigate, learn, and read.


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