Posted: 17 Jan 2012 06:40 PM PST
By AZIDAN NAHARLEDANG firstname.lastname@example.org
556 householdsamong the first to receive RM500 aid in Serom state constituency
Serom residents collecting their RM500 BR1M aid at the Bukit Gambirmultipurpose hall recently.
SOME 556 residents were among the first batch to receive the RM500Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) vouchers at the Serom state constituency.
BR1M was initiated byPrime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak last year to be given to households thatearn less than RM3,000 a month.
Menteri Besar Datuk Abdul Ghani Othmansaid the initiative was spurred by the Federal government after considering thecurrent state of the community.
Ghani said this target group was facing the affects of rising costs following a global trend of inflation in countries in Europeand the United States.
"The prime minister sees this and stresses that low-income earnersneed to be assisted in terms of cash," said Ghani during a speech at aceremony to hand out the BR1M vouchers.
Also present were Ledang member of Parliament, Hamim Samuri and Tangkakstate assemblyman, Goh Tee Tee.
Ghani said BR1M differs from previous forms of contribution, as thegovernment now gives out cash instead of providing subsidies.
He said low-income earners could now feel a direct affect with thecontribution of cash aid.
"The government is aware and knows what is needed by the communityto ensure their standard of living is raised.
"The prime minister wants to turn Malaysia into a high-incomenation by 2020.
"The needy would be assisted in terms of finances and the imparting ofskills in order to achieve this target."
Meanwhile, Hamim said 2,087 residents in the Ledang parliamentaryconstituency are entitled to the BR1M aid, and efforts were being made with theLedang District Council for them to receive it.
Serom is one of three state constituencies in the Ledang parliamentaryseat.
New Straits Times Online-15 February 2012
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