Published on: Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Sandakan: Handing over of the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) reflects the Government's commitment in fulfilling its promises to the people, said Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman.
In this respect, Musa expressed gratitude to the Barisan Nasional (BN) under the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak for the concern for the people's welfare.
The people are amazed by the BN Government for proving it was able to keep promises and that it was not merely empty talk, he told reporters after presenting the BR1M 3.0 for the Libaran/Sungai Sibuga at Dewan Sri Libaran, here, Tuesday.
Under the first phase for Sungai Sibuga, about 3,740 people from various categories received the BR1M.
"We are thankful that the presentation of BR1M in Libaran went smoothly and the people are also happy to be able to receive the assistance," he said.
Musa also advised the recipients to spend the money wisely and hoped it would help lessen their burden.
Earlier, he said the government was committed to fulfilling all its promises to the people and that it was not seasonal, especially near elections.
According to him, more development efforts and planning were coming for the people here such as the PPR Sungai Manila that was launched by the Deputy Prime Minister recently.
In KOTA MARUDU, 5,032 people were the first group to receive the BR1M aid at a ceremony officiated by Kota Marudu MP Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili at Kota Marudu district and Matunggong sub-district.
For Matunggong, some 2,335 people received their vouchers while 2,697 people received the aid in Kota Marudu.
They comprised 2,000 recipients of the RM300 aid for single people, 135 people who received RM450 aid for households with income of RM4,000 and below, 2,000 people who received the RM650 aid for households with income of RM3,000 and below, and finally 907 senior citizens who enjoyed the RM650 aid.
Ongkili said Malaysia was one of the few countries which provide subsidies for many goods and other expenditures, besides providing monetary aid to the people to help them cushion the impact of the cost of living.
"The Government is not planning to wipe out subsidies but it is just fine-tuning the subsidies to ensure that they go to the right people.
The subsidy rationalisation is to ensure the subsidy benefits those in need and not instead go to those who can afford to pay.
"At the same time, this is necessary due to global rising costs and expectations of investors. We need to take steps to ensure our economy is strong and efficient," he said to the people.
Ongkili added that the almost RM50b in subsidies provided by the government, including for fuel, scholarships, cash assistance, food assistance, aid for schoolchildren, electricity tariff and others, was not a small sum.
Nevertheless, the Government is always sensitive to the needs of the people who require assistance, he said.
This includes introducing insurance for BR1M recipients where a premium of RM50 is paid by the government.
"The Government is aware that some poor people cannot afford to buy insurance although life insurance is very important even for rural folk.
"Thus the Government introduced this innovative insurance coverage for BR1M recipients.
BR1M is therefore a caring aid by the government to address the needs of the lower income group in more ways than one," he said.