Due to new challenges in the new year and the increase of cost of living in Kuala Lumpur, many of the recipients of BR1M are grateful for the BR1M handout which has been starting to distribute the last 15th of this month.
Halijah said BR1M has helped her in acquiring medical assistances and reduces the burden to raise her kids.
“It’s good that the BR1M is given stage by stage as the economy of our country is not stable. If it’s given one time, the money will be gone very fast.” said Halijah.
BR1M is going to be disbursed starting Jan 15 instead of end of the month of Jan due to the flood happening in several states. The payment of Jan is the first installment for household category recipient. The rest will be paid on May and September later.
Regarding this brought forward matter, the second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni said the government is considering the difficulties facing the flood victims, especially the BR1M recipients.
In 2012, BR1M opens only for low-income earner but the scheme has broaden its audience. The financial aid starts to target young working adult who’s aged 21 year-old and above as well. Lately, the government is considering to prepare BR1M card for all the benefiters in the future.
Although the government put a lots of effort into improving this scheme, the opposition parties are still trying to accuse by blaming the government is trying to bride the citizen for the sake of their votes. They claim BR1M is a kind of political game to gain supporters.