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Quality of life in Johor improves

Quality of life in Johor improves
Taken from The Star

16 Oct 07


JOHOR BARU: The quality of life in Johor has shown signs of stability and improvement in the last five years, according to Mentri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othman.

He said that since 2002, the quality of life composite index had risen from 0.65 to 0.69 points in 2006.

Among the indicating factors used to monitor quality of life in the state included economic, social, community, physical and environmental development.

"For instance, the three indicators chosen for the economic development component is the poverty rate, average household income and the inflation rate," said Abdul Ghani.

He also said that the social components covered areas like education, health, safety and housing.

That included indicators such as the student to teacher ratio in primary and secondary schools and population ratio to the rate of every criminal act, road accident, and fire.

"If economic development is given a greater emphasis of about 40%, then the quality of life index rises even higher from 0.67 in 2002 to 0.73 in 2006," he said.

He said that the figures were based on the state Economic/Social Report as well as the state Quality of Life Index 2006 reports published by the state government through the Economic Planning Unit.

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