Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) is a widely accepted economic programme, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said.
He was responding to former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad who yesterday said BR1M is a form of corruption. Hence, accepting it would be “illegal”, said Mahathir, a claim which Khairy said is “nonsense”.
“This is absolute nonsense. Cash transfers are accepted economic programmes around the world. And yet people still believe his (Mahathir) claptrap.
“And the rejoinder from some misguided Gen Y who were not alive during his time will be ‘What do you know? You didn’t build the twin towers’,” he said on Twitter today.
Since BR1M was introduced in 2014, 7,280,340 applications nationwide have been approved.
Gerakan secretary-general Liang Teck Meng, also commenting on Mahathir’s claim, said if the latter really believed BR1M is illegal, he should call for the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate Pakatan Harapan (PH) elected representatives.
This is because they too had been actively promoting and distributing BR1M and other forms of cash aid, he added.
“These PH reps should be investigated for abetting in corruption and breaking the law.
“In fact, the opposition-controlled states of Selangor and Penang also have their various state programmes that provide cash aid to registered voters there.”
Liang, who is also the Simpang Renggam MP, then echoed Khairy’s statement, saying similar direct cash transfer schemes were practised in many other countries.
“BR1M is a good policy tool that has helped to achieve several socio-economic objectives, such as assisting those who need it, reducing income inequality and promoting development in rural areas.
“Gerakan service centers and representatives will continue to assist the rakyat to ensure their right to receive BR1M and other assistance at both the federal and state government levels is fulfilled.”
Source : @ FMT Online