At the dewan rakyat
Reports by MARTIN CARVALHO, HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM, RAHIMY RAHIM and LOSHANA K. SHAGAR
THE Government is mulling to review the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) for the urban poor, says Datuk Seri Othman Aziz.
The Deputy Finance Minister said the move was necessary after taking into account the higher cost of living in urban areas.
“The cost of living in the city is higher. So we may look at increasing slightly the aid for the urban poor in the long term,” he said when answering a question by Datuk Dr Abd Latiff Ahmad (BN-Mersing).
Dr Abd Latiff had asked what was being done to address the disparity between those receiving BR1M in rural and urban areas.
Earlier, Othman told lawmakers that BR1M had dispensed a total of RM25.62bil from 2012 to last year.
For this year, an estimated RM6.8bil will be given out to some 7.2 million eligible recipients.
“All in, a total of RM32.42bil has been set aside by the Government for BR1M recipients since its inception,” he said.
Othman also insisted that BR1M was not a form of corruption or dedak (animal feed) as alleged by the Opposition.
“We consider it a gift to the eligible as the Government can afford it.
“Dedak is food meant for chickens or cattle. It is not apt to label BR1M recipients as such,” he said, citing that the Government had also given out other forms of assistance to fishermen, farmers and students.