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Indonesian minister calls on the rich to marry the poor as a way to cut country’s poverty rate


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JAKARTA: An Indonesian pastor on Wednesday (Feb 19) proposed for the rich to wed the poor as a way to decrease the nation's destitution rate.

"What occurred if needy individuals are searching for other destitute individuals (for marriage)? There will be progressively poor family units," said Mr Muhadjir Effendy, the Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister, as indicated by Jakarta Post.

"This is an issue in Indonesia," he included.

The clergyman said there are around 5,000,000 poor families in Indonesia, which represent 9.4 percent of the absolute families of 57.1 million.

In the event that close poor family units are included too, there are 16.8 percent or around 15 million families with low pay, he included.

Mr Effendy recommended to the Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi to give a fatwa (strict decisions from Islamic specialists to give direction) requesting the poor to search for the rich (for marriage), and the other way around, the Jakarta Post detailed.

Notwithstanding that, he additionally proposed a pre-marriage confirmation program for couples who are not monetarily steady however wish to get hitched to pursue a work program propelled by President Joko Widodo.

The program gives preparing to improve the aptitudes of the members so they can discover work.

Such pre-marriage program, said Mr Effendy, would assist push with bringing down the pace of new poor families in Indonesia.

As indicated by the Jakarta Post, the World Bank detailed as of late that 45 percent of Indonesia's populace, or around 115 million Indonesians, presently can't seem to accomplish financial security and the way of life of the white collar class.

It anyway noticed that Indonesia had gained ground in decreasing destitution in the course of recent years, having pushed it down to under 10 percent. The working class likewise developed from 7 percent to 20 percent during this period.

Accordingly, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), which is among the Muslim associations accountable for giving fatwas, invited Mr Effendy's proposition.

MUI secretary-general Anwar Abbas said it embodied the soul of helping one another, as per news site Kumparan.

"There are numerous poor families and some of the time there are widows abandoned by their spouses. They need to bring up their youngsters while bringing home the bacon.

"In the event that there is a rich man who enjoys her, and she prefers him too, at that point incredible," he said.

He included: "A poor family will be lifted to get rich, and the quantity of needy individuals will be decreased."

The pastor's proposition has two advantages, Mr Abbas said.

"(First), neediness will be decreased. Second, whenever acknowledged, riches won't simply flow (among the rich)."


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