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6,577 BR1M Recipients Encashed More Than Once

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KUALA LUMPUR – A total of 6,577 recipients of the 1Malaysia People’s Aid programme (BR1M) in 2012, 2013 and 2014 have encashed vouchers more than once totaling RM3.34 million.

As of Dec 31, 2014, there were 4,806 recipients who had yet to make a refund to the Finance Ministry, says the 2014 Auditor-General Report.

BR1M is one of the initiatives under the National Key Results Areas undertaken by the government to ease the people’s burden and rising cost in a sustainable manner.

The government distributed RM2.09 billion cash assistance to 4.2 million recipients in 2012, RM2.83 billion to 6.8 million recipients in 2013 and RM3.64 billion to 7.0 million recipients in 2014.

The Ministry of Finance Malaysia is the lead agency for the BR1M programme.

The report, which was tabled in Parliament today, also said reminders were sent to these recipients failing which they would be blacklisted.

The ministry made improvements during the implementation of BR1M 2014 resulting from continuous monitoring of BR1M 2012 and BR1M 2013 programmes.

Such improvements included directly crediting BR1M 2014’s payment into recipient’s bank account instead of vouchers.

Overall, the audit found that the management of BR1M programme in terms of planning, implementation and monitoring for the BR1M 2012 and BR1M 2013 were satisfactory while the management of BR1M 2014 programme was good. – BERNAMA

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