Good or Bad? Many people complain about the move by Najib's government to give RM500 to the people under BR1M. Even politicians from the Prime Minister's own party thought it wasn't such a good move. But the people certainly aren't complaining. RM500 may not buy much for some Malaysians, but the ordinary people it is not a paltry some. For that matter, any sum you put in the people's hands is not small. Lim Guan Eng gave RM200 to parents of newborn babies in Penang and some people think the amount is ridiculously small [Read RM200 tak cukup, Guan Eng ..]. But the government in Singapore has been giving out cash to the working class for many years: for newborns, for education, for hard work, etc. Sometimes the amount is a few hundred dollars and sometimes it's a few thousand dollars The Singaporeans appreciate it, every time.
I'm all for cash in hand or in the bank for the people. But what is wrong is the way some politiicans or their balacis angle it. They think they are doing the people a bloody great favor. BR1M or Beng's RM200 should be seen as proof that the government appreciates the people, and that the people deserve it. If someone tells me the government is trying to bribe the people, well, by all means please do it more often. It sure beats a government that bribes itself at the expesne of the people.