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RM41bil spent on rakyat welfare programmes

The Government spent RM41.1bil over the last five years to ensure that the welfare of low-income groups and vulnerable segments of society is fully protected through its various programmes.

Under the e-Kasih National Poverty Data Bank, a sum of RM5.95bil was channelled to 563,012 households nationwide.

The 1Azam programme was designed to create better opportunities and generate higher income for low-income earners and hardcore poor families. Between 2010 and 2017, 1Azam benefited 200,000 people, of which at least 50% successfully increased their income. The four pillars under 1Azam are Azam Kerja, Azam Niaga, Azam Khidmat and Azam Tani, and each one caters to different needs and focus groups to bring them out of the poverty bracket.

The Sekolah Bimbingan Jalinan Kasih (SBJK) in Kuala Lumpur provides education for under-privileged kids. Since its inception in 2013, SBJK has seen an enrolment of 359 students who were also taught arts, music, cookery skills, among others.

In 2016, the Kuala Lumpur Homeless Transit Centre was launched in Jalan Pahang, Kuala Lumpur. The three-storey building with 1,319sqm of floor space was built at a cost of RM3mil. It can accommodate 250 people, offering basic amenities such as bedding, shower, counselling and health rooms.

Under Budget 2017, RM552.3mil was allocated for the welfare of 155,930 people with disabilities. Benefits include employee allowance, disabled children training allowance and assistance for persons with disabilities who are unable to work.

Senior citizens are not left out as eight activity centres will be set up, in addition to RM498.5mil to assist 131,218 elderly people. On top of this, there is also a RM300 monthly socio-economic assistance and a RM30 monthly pocket money programme.

To manage the cost of living, the Government introduced Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) in 2012 with a budget of RM2.6bil to be disbursed to some 5.2 million households. Last year, the amount was increased to RM6.8bil, providing relief to an estimated seven million eligible recipients.
Under the 1Country1Price policy mooted by the Government to look after nearly 4.7 million rural folks, they could now enjoy an average of 60% savings in cost of goods. This initiative covers 1,740 areas, involving a total cost RM870mil.