KOTA KINABALU - The distribution of the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) has assisted those in the lower income group in the state, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman (pic) said.
He said the state government fully supports BR1M as a “sound government policy” because it provides relief for those who need some form of financial assistance.
"BR1M payments may seem insignificant to some but they go a long way to help those whose earnings are low or non-existent,” he said in a statement Monday.
The Chief Minister, who came out in support of the BR1M policy in the wake of criticism by the opposition, including Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, said the cash assistance is testimony of the Government's efforts to genuinely ease the people's burden.
"Some of its detractors are changing their minds now. By saying that they will continue with the payments if they capture Putrajaya shows that they realise the benefits it has brought to the people," he said.
He said the about-turn by some on BR1M also appears to be a political ploy to win the people over.
"The people must realise that BR1M is a policy implemented under the Barisan Nasional government led by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. No one else can claim credit for it," he added.