Ac­tivist: Find al­ter­na­tives to giv­ing out fi­nan­cial aid

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KUALA LUMPUR: There is a need for the gov­ern­ment to use other meth­ods in help­ing the peo­ple without con­tin­u­ously giv­ing hand­outs.

Mus­lim Con­sumer As­so­ci­a­tion’s (PPIM) chief ac­tivist Datuk Nadzim Jo­han said other strate­gies were needed as mon­e­tary as­sis­tance would not be able to pro­vide holis­tic sup­port.

“I ap­plaud the gov­ern­ment’s ef­fort in help­ing the peo­ple to have a bet­ter life, but Malaysians should be grate­ful and ap­pre­ci­ate the priv­i­leges that they have re­ceived,” he said.

Nadzim said this based on the NTP re­port, which showed that the gov­ern­ment had spent over RM23.5 bil­lion on var­i­ous ini­tia­tives since 2011 to help those strug­gling with fi­nan­cial chal­lenges, es­pe­cially the B40 group.

Nadzim also said re­cip­i­ents needed to be guided on how they should spend the money.

“Con­tin­u­ous giv­ing is not healthy. The gov­ern­ment should make them re­spon­si­ble for the money given by spend­ing it on nec­es­sary things,” he said.

Deputy Prime Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said in the re­port that ex­ter­nal fac­tors such as com­mod­ity prices and cur­rency fluc­tu­a­tion had led to the in­crease in cost of liv­ing.

“Since 2012, a to­tal of RM19.33 bil­lion has been dis­bursed and in 2016 alone, RM5.36 bil­lion was dis­bursed to 7.28 mil­lion house­holds,” he said in the re­port.

Among the ini­tia­tives were 1Malaysia Peo­ple’s Aid (BR1M), 1Malaysia Book Vouch­ers (BB1M) and Spe­cial School Aid 1Malaysia (BKAP1M).

The gov­ern­ment also made avail­able pub­lic ameni­ties such as 1Malaysia Clinic, 1Malaysia Peo­ple’s Shops (KR1M), 1Malaysia Peo­ple’s Cafe (KFR1M) and 1Malaysia Peo­ple’s Tex­tile Shop (KK1M).

This year, RM6.8 bil­lion had been al­lo­cated for BR1M to an es­ti­mated seven mil­lion house­holds.

A number of 20 new 1Malaysia Clinic (K1M) had be­gun op­er­a­tions, and as a re­sult a to­tal of 6.47 mil­lion vis­ited the clin­ics, an in­crease of 6.1 per cent from 2015’s 6.1 mil­lion vis­its.

The gov­ern­ment will also open and up­grade ex­ist­ing KR1M out­lets to stan­dard­ise the prices of con­trolled es­sen­tial goods in the coun­try.

Those who live in the ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas can look for­ward to the mo­bile ver­sion of KR1M with more op­tions for af­ford­able prod­ucts.

Datuk Nadzim Jo­han

RM6.8 bil­lion had been al­lo­cated this year for BR1M to an es­ti­mated seven mil­lion house­holds. PIC BY RAMDZAN MASIAM

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