In this Oct 2016 file pic, Penangites queue to collect the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M)’s form at state Inland Revenue Board (IRB) branch. File pic by RAMDZAN MASIAM

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has completed 99.4 per cent of the 17 initiatives laid out in Barisan Nasional’s Aku Janji manifesto in the 13th General Election.

The 17 initiatives included addressing the cost of living, improving urban wellbeing, providing affordable housing, rehabilitating the environment and boosting public safety and security.

Economist Professor Dr Barjoyai Bardai said the manifesto had focused on social justice to help the poor and the underprivileged.

“In a way, the Federal Government has successfully fulfilled all of those promises. The programmes under the cost of living initiative are proof that the government cares for the people.”

Barjoyai said he hoped that programmes such as the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M), 1Malaysia Special School Aid and 1Malaysia Book Vouchers would be more inclusive in an effort to uplift society and the needy.

“Hopefully, the manifesto for the upcoming 14th General Election will be a continuation of this initiative, but more extensive and comprehensive so that it can cover not only the hardcore poor, but also the relative poor in society.”

Economist Datuk Jalilah Baba said the government had previously conducted various initiatives and programmes to develop local companies.

“Transformation in education was introduced through upskilling programmes to ensure Malaysian students are on a par with students from other countries. The BR1M assistance has helped boost consumption in the country. When there is increase in consumption, there will be (benefits for) local traders and entrepreneurs,” she said.

Under the cost of living initiative, the Federal Government had achieved 100 per cent of its promises through efforts to address the issue.

Among the efforts were introducing BR1M in 2012, which benefited 4.7 million households and 2.7 million single people.

Apart from that, RM100 was given to schoolchildren to reduce the burden of parents.

“To date, 3.5 million students had benefited under the 1Malaysia Special School Aid,” said a report on the achievements of the BN government in realising the manifesto.

The report stated that 1.2 million students of public and private institutions of higher learning and Form Six students enjoyed book vouchers worth RM250 each under the 1Malaysia Book Vouchers programme.

It was recorded that an average of 5.27 million patients (new and existing) had received treatment at 361 1Malaysia Clinics.

It noted that 2,685 families had benefited from 44 1Malaysia Preschools programme, with a total subsidy of RM180 per month for each child.

In addition, the 1Country 1Price policy was implemented for basic necessities with a cost of RM870 million and had benefited 4.7 million people in 1,740 rural and remote areas.

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