Kota Marudu Member of Parliament

Over 5,000 Receive BR1M 3.0 Aid In Kota Marudu

KOTA MARUDU (March 4, 2014): A total of 5,032 people were the first group to receive the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) 3.0 government aid for the parliamentary constituency of Kota Marudu.

 

 They received their vouchers at a ceremony officiated by Kota Marudu MP Datuk Seri Panglima Dr. Maximus Ongkili at two separate events -  at Kota Marudu district and Matunggong sub-district today (March 4).

For Matunggong, a total of 2,335 people received their vouchers while 2,697 people received the aid in Kota Marudu.

They comprise 2,000 recipients of the RM300 aid for single people, 135 people who received RM450 aid for households with income of RM4,000 and below, 2,000 people who received the RM650 aid for households with income of RM3,000 and below, and finally 907 senior citizens who enjoyed the RM650 aid.

Dr Maximus said that Malaysia was one of the few countries who provide subsidies for many goods and other expenditures, besides providing monetary aid to the people to help them cushion the impact of cost of living.

“The government is not planning to wipe out subsidies but it is just fine-tuning the subsidies to ensure that they go to the right people. The subsidy rationalisation is to ensure the subsidy benefit those in need and not instead go to those who can afford to pay.

“At the same time, this is necessary due to global rising costs and expectations of investors. We need to take steps to ensure our economy is strong and efficient,” he said to the people.

Dr Maximus added that the almost RM50bil in subsidies provided by the government, including for fuel, scholarships, cash assistance, food assistance, aid for schoolchildren, electricity tariff and others, were not a small sum.

Nevertheless, the government is always sensitive to the needs of the people who require assistance, he said.

This include by introducing insurance for BR1M recipients where a premium of RM50 is paid by the government. “The government is aware that some poor people cannot afford to buy insurance although life insurance is very important even for rural folks.

“Thus the government introduced this innovative insurance coverage for BR1M recipients. BR1M is therefore a caring aid by the government to address the needs of the lower income group in more ways than one,” he said.