BRIMMING WITH IDEAS OF WEALTH REDISTRIBUTION

Press statement by SUARAM Adviser 27 Aug 2018

The current conflicting views by the PH government regarding the BRIM handouts warrants responsible and just resolution. While the PM and his Economic Minister claim that the BRIM handouts are akin to corruption by the Najib government, the fact remains that the previous BN government’s BRIM cash handouts were actually a copy of similar cash handouts made by the Pakatan-led Penang state government after 2008. After the 2008 general election, the Penang state government prided itself on a plan to give cash handouts of 100 ringgit annually to every senior citizen aged above 60. It also introduced a scheme to wipe out hard-core poverty by ensuring that every family receives at least 500 ringgit a month. Furthermore, BRIM was said to have been the brain-child of the former Governor of Bank Negara and present adviser to the PH governor, Dr. Zeti Akhtar Aziz. Surely she has something to say on the subject?

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