COVID-19 has left many countries including Malaysia economically shaken. Unemployment has hit its highest levels in a decade. The economy is expected to contract between minus 3.5% and 5.5% this year. The impact is now being felt across all layers of society, especially the poor and the most vulnerable segment of the society. All of a sudden they’ve found themselves stripped of their economic livelihood and have now fallen into the poverty trap. The coronavirus crisis has driven up poverty levels in the country for the first time since the 1998 Asian Financial crisis. What has the government done to cushion the impact of the crisis? Can the new poor in Malaysia cope and survive the challenges in the new post-pandemic era?