Friday, 25 January 2013

BR1M will be continued for as long as Barisan is in power

The 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) is not a one-off thing and will be continued for as long as Barisan Nasional is in power to help ease the financial burden of the rakyat, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

He said depending on the country’s resources, the amount might even be increased in the future.

“We don’t want to see such aid be a one-off payment. It should be disbursed on a long-term basis. I believe the Prime Minister will look into BR1M as a programme that should be continued.

“I am sure that it will be continued on a long-term basis when the rakyat retains Barisan as the Federal Government,” he said after distributing the RM100 school aid to students of five schools at SMK Tun Haji Abd Malik in Paya Rumput near here yesterday.

The Government, said Muhyiddin, had distributed BR1M payments worth RM2bil to 4.7 million households, 1Malaysia book vouchers of RM200 each to over 1.3 million university and Form Six students, and the RM100 school aid to over 5.3 million schoolchildren.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said such financial assistance had greatly helped to ease the burden of parents of school-going children.

In his speech, he also debunked a theory that countries with multi-racial population would face prolonged racial problems as stated in a book The Plural Society, written by sociologist G.M Foster.

“Our policies have strengthened unity among our multi-racial society.

“When it comes to Malaysia, that sociological theory has been proven wrong. Cooperation and unity in the country have been flourishing for over 56 years,” he said, announcing a RM250,000 allocation for the upgrading of SMK Tun Haji Abd Malik’s surau and hall.

Earlier, after a meeting with Barisan leaders here, Muhyiddin said the coalition would not only win in Malacca but wrest back some of the seats currently held by the Opposition.

“I strongly believe that the state Barisan will fare very well by further increasing the number of state seats, defeating the Opposition,” he said.

Currently, the Opposition holds one parliamentary seat and five state seats.

Muhyiddin also expressed his satisfaction with the state Barisan’s preparations for the general election.



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