Billions in cash handouts akin to vote-buying, critics say in report

A year before the 2013 general election, the government allocated RM300 million for a 3G smartphone package for youth aged between 21 and 30. It also gave civil servants a six-week bonus and allocated RM60 million to raise the minimum civil service pension level by RM100 to RM820 a month. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, February 28, 2018.

PUTRAJAYA has handed out RM2.5 billion to low-income Malaysians since July last year, in what critics decry as a vote-buying exercise ahead of the 14th general election, reported the Straits Times.

It said money dished out to the poor, farmers, fishermen, civil servants, religious teachers and village chiefs was on top of the RM6.3 billion to be paid out under the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) programme this year.

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