Hornbill Unleashed

October 16, 2016

Keep report card for BR1M recipients, economist suggests

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

Dr Muhammed Abdul Khaled speaking during a forum on Budget 2017 organised by Research for Social Advancement (Refsa) Ocober 16, 2016. — Picture by Saw Siow FengPutrajaya should monitor conditions of families receiving the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) to avoid encouraging over-reliance on government handouts, said an economist.

According to Dr Muhammed Abdul Khaled, the government can start a report card system in which recipient families are evaluated on areas such as the school attendance of the children, among others.

“For BR1M, we make it conditional. For the old people, you just leave them. But for those with kids, make it conditional,” Muhammed said in a forum on Budget 2017 by think-tank Research for Social Advancement (Refsa) here.

“So a few years down the road, we take them off the BR1M list. We don’t want them to be on BR1M forever,” he added.

The writer of 2014’s third best-selling book in the local author category, “The Colour of Inequality”, said that many countries have successfully implemented the report card system, citing the Philippines as the closest example.


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