What ’s The Deal When Government Gives Away Money?


Malaysia has for decades had a government that actively participates in income distribution. In the beginning, this was part of a wide programme to rectify income disparities by changing the socio-economic situation of the poor. But things have changed since then.

Speaking as a layman, I’m aghast that the government is giving out so much money these days, as if there’re lots more where it’s coming from and our country’s financial tomorrow is sound and secure. When I look at other countries in the world facing hard economic times and consider that the global outlook for this year is cloudy, I’m amazed that our government is so spendthrift.

It has given, under its Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) exercise, RM500 to each household that earns a monthly income of RM3,000 or less.

It has given cash aid of RM100 to every schoolchild, from Year 1 to Form 5.

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