B - Cost of Living B00. Cost of Living

B03. Sharing the nation’s wealth in a targeted and equitable way

Pakatan Harapan May 10, 2018
In progress
May 2018

BR1M to be rebranded as living cost aid

Malay Mail May 30, 2018

Payments under the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) will continue but the scheme will be converted to one named “Cost of Living Aid”, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The prime minister did not provide further details of the new programme beyond saying it will be “very different” from the BR1M introduced by the Najib administration.

Details of new scheme pending

May 2018

Sharing the nation’s wealth in a targeted and equitable way

Pakatan Harapan May 10, 2018

Pakatan Harapan believes that assistance must be given so that no one is left behind. This calls for a mechanism that is more structured, after a comprehensive study of how developed countries do it. Those who receive BR1M today will continue to receive the grant and the process of payment will be freed from discrimination and partisan politics and more of a statutory payments. The Pakatan Harapan Government will improve the system so that the amount issued are more equitable.

The Pakatan Harapan Government will ensure the giving of assistance is not influenced by party politics and not abused by politicians. The distribution through political parties and through those with vested interest will be stopped because this is unethical. Distribution will be done through government agencies and respected welfare bodies through a statutory payment mechanism. The targeted welfare programme will function as a universal social safety net for all qualified citizens, just like the system in many developed countries. At the start, this social security programme will prioritise those with low income living in rural areas, especially in Kedah, Kelantan, and Sabah, as well as FELDA and FELCRA areas. This scheme will be widened across Malaysia gradually.

The implementation of this scheme will require a significant improvement in the database and information kept by the government. The information now stored by the National Registration Department, e-Kasih, Inland Revenue Board, and other agencies, including at state level, will need to be coordinated and updated to ensure accuracy. Oil and gas-producing states will be given royalty or its appropriate equivalent value. The cruelty of UMNO and Barisan Nasional that have been denying these payments based on political leanings will be stopped immediately. The Pakatan Harapan Government will increase the royalty payment to Sabah and Sarawak, and other oil producing states, to 20 percent or of its value equivalent, so that the respective states can take over and fund more of their own development activities.