Kajian: 30 peratus miskin bandar tidak dapat BR1M

Sumber: The Malay Mail Online

The testimonies highlight the longstanding problem dogging BR1M’s distribution process. — Bernama pic

KUANTAN, 26 Feb — Penduduk Kuantan Mohd Zamri Salleh, 46, ceria menunjukkan Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) yang diterima selepas mengeluarkan daripada bank berdekatan hari ini.
Mohd Zamri amat bersyukur dengan bantuan BR1M ini dapat meringankan beban kos perbelanjaan keluarga dan penerima BR1M seluruh negara boleh mengambil bermula hari ini secara berperingkat. –fotoBERNAMA (2018) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

KUALA LUMPUR, 28 Feb — Lebih 30 peratus isi rumah miskin bandar yang berpendapatan kurang RM4,000 terlepas Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M).

Demikian menurut kajian agensi kanak-kanak Unicef yang menyatakan penerima mendakwa tidak tahu bantuan itu dan kurang maklumat layak atau tidak.

“Apabila ditanya adakah mereka menerima BR1M, mereka berkata sama ada tidak tahu mengenainya atau mereka tidak tahu bagaimana memohonnya,” kata Muhammed Abdul Khaled, ketua penyelidik DM Analytics.

“Tetapi ada juga kes mereka menerimanya tahun lalu [2016] tetapi tahun ini tidak [dapat lagi].”

Badan perunding ini menjalankan kajian bagi pihak Unicef, agensi kanak-kanak Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (PBB), untuk BR1M tahun lalu.

Muhammed berkata dapatan kajiannya menunjukkan masalah yang dialami dalam  pengagihan projek BR1M, ia tidak sampai kepada sasaran yang diharapkan.

“Kami juga mendapati mereka yang tidak layak menerima BR1M, dapat… Sistem agihan yang cacat menyisihkan individu memerlukan tetapi memasukkan mereka yang tidak layak,” katanya kepada Malay Mail. Read more

Policy paper: Rethink Malaysia’s welfare system, BR1M cash hand-outs

Source: The Malay Mail Online

People exchange vouchers for cash Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) counter in Kuala Lumpur. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 28 ― Malaysia needs to review its expensive welfare system and the federal government’s unsustainable Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) cash hand-out schemes, according to a policy paper written by three academics.

The 38-page paper titled “Intervention and Non-intervention: Policy Ideas for a Social Market Economy in Malaysia” said the government’s cash transfer scheme under BR1M was both “inadequate and unsustainable” as over 85 per cent of recipients finish spending the cash aid within one month. It cited a news report of Kajidata Research’s February 2017 survey on BR1M recipients’ spending.

“Cash transfers are clearly insufficient, but to many recipients and people who support this system, it is seen as better than nothing,” said the policy paper launched last week by the Academy of Responsible Management written by Universiti Malaya’s Prof Edmund Terence Gomez, Institute for Leadership and Development Studies’ Noor Amin Ahmad, HELP University’s Prof Geoffrey Williams, with support from German political foundation Konrad Adenauer Stiftung.

It said BR1M was designed as a one-off programme but has now become a permanent scheme in Malaysia, noting however that the hand-out may suppress wages and can act as a wage subsidy in many cases. Read more