KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 (Bernama) — A total of RM1.92 billion was distributed to 3.8 million households in the country under the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) up to March 1, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak told the Dewan Rakyat Tuesday.
Najib, who is also finance minister, said Selangor received the highest percentage of the total disbursement, at 13 per cent, while Kelantan registered the biggest percentage of households in a state receiving the aid, at almost 84 per cent.
“Up to March 1, some 4.78 million households registered for the aid. Some 3.74 million, or almost 80 per cent, were successful while 972,000, or almost 20 per cent, were unsuccessful.
“Of the 200,000 appeals received, almost 92 per cent were approved after the applicants submitted complete applications,” he said in reply to a question from Datuk Seri Tiong King Sing (BN-Bintulu) who had wanted an update on the BR1M programme and the number of applications received.
A one-off RM500 payment is given under the BR1M programme to households earning less than RM3,000 per month, as provided for under Budget 2012.
Najib said the money distributed under the BR1M programme was derived from revenue collection and not from loans as claimed by certain quarters.
“The success of the BR1M programme is due to economic strength and efficient management of the economy. The government always ensures prudent management of the nation’s revenue collection and expenditure for the benefit of the people,” he said.
Replying to a supplementary question from Tiong on whether the government would maintain the BR1M programme, Najib said: “The government’s commitment is for a one-off payment, but we do not discount the possibility of providing the aid in the future, if the situation permits.”
Najib said the government was generally satisfied with the programme, and would conduct a post mortem to rectify weaknesses if it wants to implement it in the future.
Replying to another supplementary question, from Datuk Bung Mokhtar Radin (BN-Kinabatangan), the prime minister said the government was prepared to extend the appeal period, scheduled to end on Thursday, for people in the Sabah and Sarawak interior.
“We are flexible with the dates on the BR1M payment. It is important that all the people in the interior benefit from the programme. We will extend the period if we have to because some places in Sabah and Sarawak are remote and we need some time (to reach people there),” he said.
Source : Bernama