Puchong, 26 Dec: It's sad to see Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad turned into a national punching bag on Boxing Day. But he's only got himself to blame. He had told Malaysians in a Christmas message that accepting handouts under the aid initiated by PM Najib Razak is a form of bribery and is, therefore, illegal.
Some 7 million Malaysians in the lower-income categories qualify for the cash assistance under BR1M. They started enjoying the supplementary cash scheme after Najib became Prime Minister in 2009.
|The Malaysiakini/Sinar Harian report
Salleh Said Keruak, a constant pain in Mahathir's butt since the Old Man decided to bring down Najib Razak, speaks for those silent 7 million and perhaps for many other Malaysians as well.
"Never before have we heard something more mind-boggling," he wrote in his latest posting, Are you serious, Mahathir?
"Absolute nonsense," said KJ, who tweeted that cash transfers are an accepted economic program around the world .
"And yet people still believe (Mahathir's) claptrap".
It is a fact. Singapore has practised cash transfers for years. Latest, the Saudis are planing to do so next year. Read h e r e.