Stunning: Children are going hungry in rich Malaysia!

Picture Credit: Unicef

A study by the UN children’s programme says it is the case.

The study shows youths living in US$30-a-month public housing units suffer more from stunting.

it says those in Ghana are less impacted, however.

Malaysia’s GDP is six times higher than Ghana’s.

South China Morning Post says public housing in Malaysia is cheaper than a night out in one of Kuala Lumpur’s swanky bars,

It says a single subsidised unit’s monthly rent is a mere US$30.

The type of housing is for families with less than 3,000 ringgit (US$766) monthly income.

As many as 80,000 households have settled into these high-rise housing estates.

However, the Unicef study released last week revealed dire conditions of living in these households.

These flats it says are taking a direct toll on the children who live, play, and learn in these houses.

The study shows that the children in these low-cost flats face high rates of malnutrition and poverty.

“With 99.7 percent living in relative poverty and seven percent in absolute poverty,” it says.

Not withstanding the fact that the national poverty rate is less than one per cent.

The study surveyed 16 low-cost housing projects in Kuala Lumpur and Selangor.

Some 966 heads of household, which are home to 2,142 children, were interviewed.

Here are some pointers from the study:

It found that 22 percent of children below the age of five are stunted.

While 15 percent are underweight, 20 percent face acute malnutrition and 23 percent are overweight or obese.