Apr 4, 2013

Winning votes: citizen dividend is not corruption

Main - Malaysia - BR1M will likely boost BN’s chances in the next election @ Tue Jan 01 2013:

'As the federal government prepares to hand out cash aid to millions of Malaysian households in the next few weeks, the Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition is set to be a major beneficiary in terms of votes in this year’s general election, political analysts and even opposition lawmakers have conceded.
They expect the 1 Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) handout to be a swing factor, particularly in rural areas.
“BR1M will provide a huge multiplier effect, not only economically, but to draw votes towards the ruling government,” said Asri Salleh from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Terengganu.'

It is a very important question. Will a citizen dividend win votes?

It seems that the major political parties in Malaysia think so. The incumbent political party BN is giving cash to most of the population, and the opposition parties are crying foul.
"The 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) cash handouts and BN promises to increase the handout amounts should it win the next general election, was not a form of vote buying, said an Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) official."
See here Poverty is the parent of revolution for a discussion of the USA voting pattern.

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