EVERYBODY PAYS GST, BUT NOT ALL GET BR1M: AZIZAH SAYS OK FOR PEOPLE TO TAKE BR1M BUT WHACKS NAJIB FOR UNSUSTAINABLE POLICY
PETALING JAYA – Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said today that the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) is not a form of bribery, after the Opposition came under heavy fire from Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders.
Disputing a recent remark by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the PKR president said it is the right of the public to receive the financial aid.
“Actually, no. Whatever is given from the government, should be given to the people. It’s not bribery,” she told a press conference here.
“It’s their right to have and if they are qualified to get this help form the government, I think it should be given.”
Dr Wan Azizah said that while PKR does not object to Putrajaya’s annual cash handout, it is concerned with the sustainability of the initiative.
“Our criticism is that not everybody gets BR1M, but everyone pays GST,” she said.