GEORGE TOWN: A video footage of DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, promising that the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) payouts will be continued after Pakatan Harapan (PH) wins Putrajaya, has been making its rounds on social media since yesterday.
The 18-second video footage, picked up from KiniTV and posted by Parti Cinta Malaysia (PCM) adviser Datuk Huan Cheng Guan on his Facebook account, Mejar Huan Penang, showed Lim delivering his campaign speech prior to the 14th General Election (GE14).
In the video footage, Lim who is now Finance Minister was heard saying that the “BR1M will still be paid out (when PH assumes power), and that they (PH) are able to do so because they are clean."
“We do not take the people’s money, the people will definitely get their money (Kita tidak makan wang, rakyat pasti boleh dapat wang),” he added.
The video footage has since garnered about 22,000 views, 577 shares and 133 comments as of this morning.
Speaking to NSTP, Huan said that the current Pakatan Harapan government had made too many promises and could not keep them, which would affect the low and middle income groups.
“Now, everyone knows it is a lie...a false hope that they had given to the people before the elections. After gaining power at the federal level, they are singing a different tune.
“These people should go to the village areas and see for themselves how valuable BR1M is for the people there. Rich people care less about BR1M being abolished but the poor still needs it,” said Huan.
BR1M was introduced way back in 2012. The amount had increased annually until this year, when the new PH government said there would be no increment.
PH, in its manifesto for the GE14, had pledged to continue with the payout.However, it was later announced that BR1M would be replaced with Bantuan Sara Hidup Malaysia (Cost of Living Aid) and the third stage payment was made recently before the Hari Raya Aidiladha celebration.
Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was quoted on Saturday as saying that the BR1M would be gradually phased out.
He had said that his administration’s goal now was to create as many jobs as possible through domestic and foreign investments.
He had also said that only by doing so would Malaysians become more independent and rely less on the government for handouts.
Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali had said that the government was drafting a new economic strategy to replace BR1M, where it would focus on the prosperity and well being of the people. © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd