KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 14 — The 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) was among measures that contributed to Malaysians’ increased happiness as ranked by a global index, Parliament was told today.
In a written reply, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Malaysia was 42nd out of 155 countries in the World Happiness Report 2017, up from 47th last year.
“This achievement is supported by the increase in social support aspects, income per capita and the freedom of choice.
“This includes the distribution of the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) to a total of seven million households with low income, and who truly need it,” the reply read.
Malaysia was also 29th regionally, behind Singapore in 26th but ahead of Thailand (32) in the same ranking, the reply added.
Tambun MP Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah had asked the prime minister to state Malaysia’s rank in the World Happiness Report 2017, and the government’s effort to improve this.