Poverty day record eyed

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty tomorrow is expected to draw a larger crowd than the 23 million people who participated worldwide in the event last year.

The Thai event will be held at the Makkhawan Bridge in Bangkok's Phra Nakhon district and the gathering time for people to set a new Guinness World Record is between 10.45am and 11am.

A total of 23,500,000 people gathered at events in 87 countries last year.

PM's Office Minister Dhipavadee Meksawan, who yesterday announced the event, dubbed the "Global Stand Up and Speak Out", said Thailand was one of 189 member countries of the Global Call to Action against Poverty.

Citing a study in 2005, Khunying Dhipavadee said 20 per cent of the richest people in Thailand held 48.5 per cent of individual income while 20 per cent of the poorest people held only 6.1 per cent.

"The proportion of difference is around eight times between the richest and the poorest and the statistics last year showed 7.9," she said.

Around six million people were homeless last year compared to seven million in 2005.

Deputy Social Development and Human Security Minister Poldej Pinpratheep said performances by children from government-run orphanages would be held at the event in the afternoon along with exhibitions highlighting savings and austerity policies.

Piyanart Srivalo
The Nation