'Selangor's IPR better than BR1M'

Manirajan Ramasamy, NUR LELA ZULKIPLI

PETALING JAYA: The Selangor state government's initiatives like Inisiatif Peduli Rakyat (IPR) and other benefits for those born in the state are much better than the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BRIM) handouts.

This was the opinion of Pakatan Harapan's (PH) candidate for the Seri Setia by-election, Halimey Abu Bakar.

In saying this, he claimed that in the 10 days of his campaigning so far, he found that the people in the state were more interested in the IPR and MyKiss programme rather than BR1M.

Speaking to reporters at a press conference, here, he said most of the applicants for the benefits provided by the state for Selangorians were woman.

The IPR programme, or Merakyatkan Ekonomi Selangor (MES) as it was initially known as, was developed after the then Pakatan Rakyat took over the Selangor government in 2008 from Barisan Nasional (BN).

MES was rebranded as IPR in January 2017.

Initiatives under IPR were mostly funded by state revenue and it was said that the Selangor government was working on implementing new initiatives that could further help its people.

Halimey said out of 53,492 voters in the Seri Setia constituency, about 50.42% were woman, which was 26,972, and 30% out of that, have benefited from the IPR programme.

"The women who are qualified will receive the benefits under the Selangor state government's programmes."

This, Halimey said include programmes to increase the household income of women, which would be introduced soon.

"Not forgetting the single mothers. We are working with the Woman and Family Development Ministry to help them," he added. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd