BR1M needs to stop due to elements of bribery, says Azmin

Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali says the new initiative will enable the people to have more economic power.

IPOH: The disbursement of the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) initiated by the previous Barisan Nasional should be discontinued as it has elements of corruption to get the support of the people, said Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali.

He said the government under the leadership of Pakatan Harapan (PH) was in the midst of drafting a new initiative that focused on the welfare of the people and not on bribing or deceiving the people.

“Through the ministries of economic affairs and finance, we will certainly give our views and present a new initiative on the country’s economic direction in Parliament in the near future,” Azmin, who is PKR deputy president, said after opening the Perak Branch Annual General Meeting (MATC) 2018 at Kinta Riverfront Hotel here today.

He said the new initiative would enable the people to have more economic power to help ease their cost of living.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad was quoted as saying yesterday that his administration aimed to reduce BR1M in stages before it is fully discontinued.

On another matter, Azmin is confident of retaining his party post and believed PKR members would evaluate him based on his credibility and experience in the party and government, especially at the state level.

“I leave it to the wisdom of every party member and I think my report card reflects the actual situation and it is up to the party members to determine the future of this party.

“I am confident party members will uphold good democratic practices with integrity to elect the leaders that can bring PKR towards greater excellence,” he added.

PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli is challenging Azmin for the deputy president’s post.