Giving out the 1 Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) and the promises by the BN to increase the amount received by Malaysians is not to be seen as the buying of votes in the case of a win in the next general election, said an official from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). The deputy director from the investigation department of the MACC, Han Chee Rull, has been reported as saying. The topic came up during a conference Q & A session which took place in Kuala Lumpur today, regarding the 13th general election that is coming up.
Said Han, who is MACC chief Abu Kassim Mohamed’s representative, ” It is my contention that distribution of the BR1M will occur whether or not the intended recipient is a voter. It is a form of policy for development and any party who is standing in the election is free to make any promises they wish to the general public in order to gain voters.”
“Contesting parties all make promises, whether real or imagined, to the public for the plans that they have. All elections are the same.” Han added.
Before he had stated this, Han had also explained that there is no actual proper definition for the term “money politics” contained within the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act of 2009. There is however, a proper definition contained within for the term “overt vote buying” which exists within Section 15 of the Act.
Beginning the in first week of April, any applicant who has filed an appeal for the allowances, will know their result.
“Letters of formal decision will be sent out to those who have been for them waiting during this period”, said Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanakzlah, Second Finance Minister.
“Including pending appeals, 32,000 applications are still undergoing processing for Perak alone. Approvals for this year have been done by the Federal Government for 6.1 million applicants. 4.3 million of these approvals were for household heads who received the RM500 aid. The remainder of the applicants approved were single persons who were given the RM250 cash aid,” he stated to reporters after he had visited the Inland Revenue Board branch office in Ipoh.
When announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, that the BR1M would be received every year by those applicants who have been approved, Ahmad Husni explained that this was possible due to excellent economic management over the past several years.
“In revenue terms, I remain very confident that the IRB can reach the RM130bil target set for this year based on our stable performance since 2011″ he shared with reporters. “The Government has remained focused on ensuring value for money, in terms of spending, such as asking for tender bids,” he said.
The announcement of the annual BR1M cash aid payment was also extremely well received by Malaysians in 2014 as was the announcement of the effort to assist with applications in remote areas by mobile units.
* BR1M 2015 online application expects to be opened in early of December.