PETALING JAYA: Perkasa has slammed Azrul Mohd Khalib, of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), for criticising the Terengganu government’s cash incentive programme to encourage more childbirths in the state.
In a statement, the Malay rights group’s Islamic affairs chairman Amini Amir Abdullah said Azrul’s take on the matter was not supported by “evidence, data and statistics”.
Perkasa, Amini added, also believed Azrul, who is the institute’s external relations manager, was making wild assumptions.
These included Azrul’s statement that Malaysians should learn from the “bitter lessons” of other countries where unplanned pregnancies and policies, which encouraged having children beyond one’s means, have had detrimental effects.
Amini said Azrul should be more responsible when making such “predictions”.
“He is no oracle.”
It was reported that the Terengganu government would present RM100 for every first birth; RM200 for the second to seventh births; and RM500 for every birth exceeding seven as part of its campaign to achieve 25,000 births a year.
Azrul was critical of the initiative, arguing that it could lead to a cycle of poverty.
While it was not wrong to encourage families to have more children, Azrul said urging them to do so when they could not afford it was being “irresponsible and dangerous”.
To this, Amini said he was certain the Terengganu government would have taken into account the pros and cons of such an initiative, adding that the parents would know if they could afford to have another child.
He went on to remind Azrul that children were a blessing from God.
“Having many children does not result in poverty.”