KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 23, 2015:
The increment in the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) for 2016 appears to be well received by several quarters interviewed by The Rakyat Post following the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak tabling the budget in Parliament today.
Senior citizen Chew Gim Soon, 70, said it is commendable for the government to increase the amount despite uncertainties in the economy.
“The increment may not be much, but what the government’s willingness to lessen the burden of the people should be applauded,” Chew told The Rakyat Post.
“I think when you look at the big picture, the government would have to cut its expenses elsewhere if the increment is any higher.
“A budget could not possibly include everything the people wanted,” said Chew, an administrator for an old folks home in Gopeng.
He also thanked the government for introducing a new BR1M category for recipients listed under the government’s eKasih programme for the poor.
eKasih recipients receive aid at least RM300 per month to help them move out from the poverty bracket.
Under the new category, recipients with monthly income below RM1,000 will receive RM1050 in cash aid under BR1M.
“That’s a good deal for the people,” Chew said.
Clinical assistant B. Kalaivani, 23, from Sentul lauded the increment in BR1M for working singles.
“On average per month, it is not much when you do the math. But for the struggling working class, it’s better than no increment at all,” she said.
For singles aged 21-years old and above and earning less than RM2,000 a month, the BR1M amount will be increased from RM350 to RM400.
Trader Ahmad Hassan, meanwhile, was less enthusiastic.
He said the minimal increment was unfortunate, particularly in the face of rising living cost.
“I don’t know whether the BR1M will be enough to make up for inflations. The only consolation is that there is something for everyone in the low income group,” said the father of three.