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BRIM 2018 and the Future of Malaysia's Economic Budget

Tuesday 10 October 2017 at 12:29 am.

The Malaysian National Budget of 2018 has a lot of funds to allocate its money to. Which ones will make the cut? Many indigent or low income families in Malaysia are hoping that the 1Malaysia's People's Aid or Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia or BR1M will continue from its initial inception and allocation with the 2017 budget. You can find more details on brim 2018 on the site http://br1m.org/.

The brim 2018 or the sequel to the Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia will hopefully continue to give direct cash assistance to families and individuals making RM3,000 or less annually. However, other programs are vying for attention too, like the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the Social Security Organization (SOCSO). Everyone in the government is restudying these measures before submitting the final 2018 budget. Should they make way for BR1M regardless?

 Yes They Should

  • According to a survey conducted by KAJIDATA, the Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia is a resounding success. It doesn't need improvement and it shouldn't be dropped when the 2018 budget rolls around. It's already fully realized, there's no need to tweak it, and all the administration needs to do is put in the due allocation of funds to this helpful program that the majority of citizens approve of. That's the long and short of it.
  • In contrast, the same survey says that the Affordable Housing Provision in the 2017 budget requires a bit of fixing and tweaking. Before it's approved again, it should probably go back to the drawing board or get a bigger share of funds since the small amount received from the program isn't enough to help the citizenry fund for their homes. The many shortcomings of this program require resolution.
  • According to the KAJIDATA study, the Indian respondents that compose 69.7% of all respondents and the Chinese respondents that in turn take up 65.1% of the respondents want equal emphasis on rural and city dwellers. They feel that many of the people availing of the program that are from rural communities aren't given as much priority as the privileged city folk. And that's just unfair. 70% of the respondents also wish that civil servants receive a bonus from the 2018 budget.