Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain – Friedrich Schiler
Incredible as it may seem the payment of BR1M to the less fortunate in our society to help alleviate some of the many problems they were facing seem to have agitated both Mahathir Mohamad and Azmin Ali, to the extent of unhinging them!
Azmin has forgotten the privileges that the people of Selangor are entitled to and sanctioned by him.
Allow me to refresh his sudden amnesia:
Aid for new born babies – Tawas RM 1,500
Nursery assistance – SiKembar RM 100
Pre- school assistance – Tunas RM 50
University students aid RM 1,000
Funeral expenses – SMUE RM 2,500
Microcredit business loans – Hijrah RM50,000
Wedding incentive RM 500
There are also free water, mammogram, SPM tuition and people’s dialysis centre.
Of course it must be noted that though these payments have been gazetted by the Selangor government, the payments do not always reach the people.
This is mainly due to the indifference of the assemblymen.
The SMUE payments are not being paid out systematically, particularly in the Bukit Gasing state constituency.
The bereaved family is not treated with sympathy by the elected state representative and his inconsiderate staff, who are downright rude.
Some of the claimants have been given the first installment – but not the second installment and being asked to re-submit the forms.
How many times have the forms to be re-submitted?
When compared to the pay outs made by Selangor, the BR1M payment is a drop in the ocean.
To use Mahathir’s terminology, Azmin is a master ‘Pemberi Dedak’.
Yet, he has the gall to classify BR1M as ‘sogok’ or ‘bribe’.
As explained in the paragraph above, these payments are given with one hand and taken back with the other hand.
Penang too has such programmes.
But both Mahathir and Azmin have not commented on these programmes.
Azmin considers it political expediency to support Mahathir, in this context.
A further consideration for such a declaration would be to contradict and challenge Wan Azizah who has said BR1M was not a bribe; even to the extent of being seen as mindless.
Concerning Mahathir Mohamad, many have stopped taking his blithering seriously.
Having been prime minister for 22 years, it is shocking he does not know what other countries are doing to help the less fortunate.
Payments such as BR1M are normal procedure in many countries.
For example, in the United States programmes ,such as Snap offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low- income individuals and families. Food stamps are also given to the less fortunate in society.
Such programmes are carried out not only in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Germany but in many other countries.
Mahathir knows of these practices very well but is feigning ignorance.
His raves and rants make one thing very clear – he has run out of ammunition to attack the Prime Minister and the ruling government.
Of people like Mahathir, the French Philosopher, Michel de Montaigne aptly says:
”Stubborn and ardent clinging to one’s opinion is best proof of stupidity” – Malaysia Today