Najib: The Malaysian People’s aid has not failed! The people want more!
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak commented that the borang br1m had not been a failure unlike what Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had predicted earlier, who had said it would be giving cash directly to the people. Najib said that this aid was how the Malaysian government could help the people deal with rising costs, adding that this is an important point in the development of countries which otherwise would focus only on large projects.
He says,” If this aid was used in the right way, people could use the money to buy rice, milk, sugar and clothes for the children.” Just prioritizing large projects over the needs of the people could put the faith of the people in the government in jeopardy and at risk.
Another issue brought forward by Dr Mahathir are the allegations involving 1MDB and murder of Mongolian Altantuya Shariibuu in 2006. He says this could have similar outcome when the people of the country rely on the government for money. Also, it reduces competitive culture in the global market as a result of which the country would suffer.
Taking into account the increased prices of goods and levy of services tax, the government earlier announced an increase in cash for all categories of recipients. Borang br1m rate increased to RM950 from RM650 for households earning less than RM3,000. The rate for households between RM3,000 and RM4,000 was raised to RM750 from RM450. Initial disbursement of RM200 will be made in January and May while the remaining RM350 will be disbursed in September.