The government has so far approved 5,153,238 applications for the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) this year, according to Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Najib said the decision on another 3,123,950 applications would be announced next month.
According to Bernama, Najib has said that the first BR1M payment would be made in stages beginning on February 18, 2017.
In terms of age, the highest groups to receive approval were those in between age 21 and 30 years and those aged 61 and above, he said.
Najib in his latest blog posting wrote that 2,782,799 applicants would receive RM1,200 each; 243,434 would get RM900 each; and 2,127,005 others RM450 each.
In regards to breakdown for states, Selangor recorded the highest number of approvals with 666,316 followed by Sabah 477,482 and Sarawak 537,588.
Meanwhile, the prime minister rubbished the opposition’s claim that BR1M was a bait to win votes and a bribery.
“BR1M should not be politicised.
“Don’t keep saying that the country was going bankrupt; in fact, the BR1M amount has kept increasing to further assist those in need,” he said.
He added that BR1M was a sincere aid from the government to certain target groups, irrespective of race, religion or political affiliation which was given according to eligibility and criteria based on individual or household income.
BR1M, was among the primary mechanisms in targeted subsidy delivery to replace the less effective bulk subsidy system, said Najib.