Malaysians working in Singapore benefiting from money given out by Malaysian government

Malaysians working in Singapore benefiting from money given out by Malaysian government
PHOTO: The Straits Times

JOHOR BARU - Malaysians working in Singapore but living in Johor Baru are also getting the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) despite earning their salary in Singapore dollar.

A technician with an electrical and electronics manufacturing company who only wanted to be known as Edmund said he has been receiving BR1M for the past three years.

Asked how he managed to qualify, Edmund, from Penang, said he declared himself as self-employed.

He earns about S$2,537 (RM7,999) monthly.

"Anyway, nobody asked for my payslip. I know many of my Malaysian friends working in Singapore are also getting BR1M," he said when interviewed recently.

Edmund said he did not feel guilty for claiming BR1M, saying that those in the country earning more than RM3,000 monthly were also doing so.

Security guard K. Nathan said the Government made it easy for people to get BR1M because the authorities did not update the applicants' biodata.

"I first received my money when working in Johor Baru and when they asked me to update, I just showed them a letter that I've quit.

"I told them I'm doing odd jobs now without a permanent income," said Nathan who earns up to S$2,000 (RM6,300) plus overtime.

Malaysian Ahmad Yaakob said the Government should come out with a mechanism to thoroughly vet applications for BR1M.

"If the applicants claim they are self-employed, ask them to produce bank account statements for verification," he said.

Ahmad said the authorities should also work closely with the Immigration Department and their Singaporean counterparts to identify recipients who commute to the republic daily to work.

Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Johari Abdul Ghani recently said that at least 300,000 people, who earn more than RM5,000 a month, applied for BR1M each year.

He stressed that only those with a household income of RM3,000 a month were eligible for BR1M, but the ministry found 260,000 applicants applying for the government aid despite earning RM5,000 monthly.

About 40,000 people who applied were earning between RM6,000 and RM8,000 a month, and even those who earned more than RM10,000 monthly also applied for it, he said.


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