In a research carried out by Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, a total of 83.4% of the respondents agree that BR1M should be continued.
Secretary-General of Treasury Tan Sri Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah said that members of the low-income group want the financial subsidy to be continued as it helps in reducing their burden.
Mohd Irwan expressed his hopes that the target group eligible for BR1M would spend it wisely.
Quashing claims that BR1M is a form of bribe, Mohd Irwan said BR1M is similar to aides channelled by several states including Selangor and Pulau Pinang.
“If we look at Selangor and Pulau Pinang, the State governments offer a variety of aides including Skim Mesra Usia Emas, water subsidy and Skim Pelajar Emas, to name a few.
“So, are these subsidies seen as corruption? No, right?”
Mohd Irwan said BR1M was introduced in the country similar to the initiatives of other nations including Indonesia, Brazil and Australia.