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BR1M aid not reaching target group in Sabah

 | February 3, 2012

Reports of falsified claim voters surfacing at certain banks in Sabah warrants serious government attentions, says Tawau MP Chua Soon Bui.

TAWAU:  The government has been urged to take urgent measures to curb the abuse of the special RM500 distribution to needy families in Sabah.

MP for Tawau Chua Soon Bui said that in many cases the money might not be reaching the targeted groups of deserving and qualified applicants because of inadequate organisation.

Chua said the BR1M fund is essentially tax-payers’ money and the  government will be held accountable for any discrepancies in the distribution of the aid.

The MP was commenting on recent reports in the media on fraudulent attempts to gain access to the funds by those unqualified to receive it.

She claimed that such reports were consistent with complaints she had been receiving recently.

She said it was troubling to see the first disbursement of the BR1M a few weeks ago by Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin in total chaos with many senior citizens fainting and some having to be sent to Tawau hospital by ambulance  and forcing a stop to the disbursement of the fund.

“Now the detection of falsified claim vouchers at a certain bank warrants serious attention by the government,” she said.

“They must come out with effective measures to curb potential abuse of the fund, especially with more than 3 million applicants approved.

“It was really shocking that some claim vouchers at the bank were found to be blank, without the name of the recipients.

“If left unchecked, this can always lead to further abuses and money falling into the wrong  hands, while the qualified and deserving applicants get nothing in the end,” she said.

Chua, who is also the vice president of Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP), also questioned the rational and involvement of Barisan National (BN) representatives and their offices in the disbursement of the BR1M.

She said their involvement is unprofessional and tantamount to vote buying.

“Barisan National MPs or state assembly representatives and even BN-component parties offices are actively involved in the disbursement of the vouchers.

“This clearly is a sign of BN’s trademark “you help me, I help you” vote-buying tactic,’she said.


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