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People exchange vouchers for cash at the launch of the national-level 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) in Kuala Lumpur. BR1M is Putrajaya’s cash assistance scheme under the Ministry of Finance and the Internal Revenue Board. — Picture by Saw Siow FengPeople exchange vouchers for cash at the launch of the national-level 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) in Kuala Lumpur. BR1M is Putrajaya’s cash assistance scheme under the Ministry of Finance and the Internal Revenue Board. — Picture by Saw Siow FengKUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 ― The Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) financial aid should be delivered by Umno leaders personally and not transferred electronically to bank accounts, Umno's Kimanis division chief Datuk Mohd Ariffin Mohd Arif said today.

Speaking as a delegate during the Umno general assembly today, Ariffin said that this was because “machines do not have feelings”.

“This is an effort undertaken by Umno, so Umno leaders should go deliver this aid by hand,” he said.

BR1M is Putrajaya’s cash assistance scheme under the Ministry of Finance and the Internal Revenue Board, instead of any political party.

Ariffin further suggested that other welfare schemes also be channelled through Umno leaders to enable them to be closer to the people.

BR1M, which was started in 2012, was initially distributed physically at selected schools, but has since moved on to electronic transfer based on an existing database.

It was initially a one-off payment to help low-income households cope with rising cost of living, but has since become an annual and increasing stipend.

The BR1M handouts for 2017 will cost Putrajaya RM 6.8 billion.

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