March 3, 2012

MALAYSIA: Old folk BR1Mming with joy

PENANG, Malaysia / The Star / Metro / March 3, 2012

Special bonus: Chamunni, Khairul and Choo were all smiles after receiving the RM500 BR1M aid at Rukun Tetangga Mahsuri Bayan Baru.
A GROUP of senior citizens beamed with joy as they redeemed their RM500 Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) at the Rukun Tetangga Mahsuri Bayan Baru in Penang.
The aid came in handy for A. Chamunni, 88, as the retiree had been wanting to purchase two new pairs of spectacles, for himself and his wife, for several months now.
“I have been wearing the same pair of spectacles for the past two years, and cannot see clearly now.
“The money is sufficient to buy a pair for myself and another for my wife,” he said.
Choo Choon Huah, 60, said he would save the money for emergency purposes.
Khairul Anwar Abdul Mazab, 37, a father of three, said the money would be spent solely on his children, especially for his seven-year-old daughter to buy academic materials.
They were among 170 recipients from the fourth batch to receive the cash aid at the Rukun Tetangga on Wednesday.
Pantai Jerejak Barisan Nasional coordinator Wong Mun Hoe said more than 6,000 people in his constituency had received BR1M since it was first given out on Jan 15.
The BR1M initiative is aimed at alleviating the burden of low-income households earning below RM3,000 a month.
There was more joy at the Little Sisters of the Poor Home in Penang as residents received their BR1M.
Siblings Lau Kook Fok, 69, and Liew Yet Moy, 77, said they were very happy with the aid.
“I will use the money to buy some necessary items like food, clothes and shoes,” said Liew.
They were among the 38 residents who received the aid from Paya Terubong Barisan Nasional coordinator Koh Wan Leong and Air Itam Barisan coordinator Jackson Teoh at the home on Lorong Batu Lanchang on Thursday.
“We came here to help deliver the money to the senior citizens, for their convenience,” said Koh.
Teoh said 7,805 applicants had successfully received the aid in Air Itam while Koh added that 4,560 applicants had successfully received the aid in Paya Terubong.
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