KUALA LUMPUR — February 17, 2017: The government has so far approved 5,153,238 applications for the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) this year, with the first payments to be made in stages beginning tomorrow.
The decision on another 3,123,950 applications will be announced next month.
In terms of age, the highest groups to receive approval were those in the 21 to 30 years bracket and those aged 61 and above.
In his latest blog post at www.najibrazak.com, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said 2,782,799 applicants would receive RM1,200 each; 243,434 RM900 each and the rest RM450 each.
Selangor has the highest number of approvals with 666,316, followed by Sabah and Sarawak, with 477,482 and
Najib also lashed out at the opposition for saying that BR1M was a bait to win votes and a bribery.
“BR1M should not be politicised. Don’t keep saying that the country was going bankrupt; in fact, the BR1M amount has kept increasing to further assist those in need,” he said.
BR1M, he said, is among the primary mechanisms in targeted subsidy delivery to replace the less effective bulk subsidy system. — Bernama