BRIM 2018: The Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia Program Explained

The Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia or BR1M program is a project by the government that eases the financial troubles of Malaysia’s low income groups. This scheme offers indigent or poor Malaysians direct cash assistance offered by the Malaysian administration in order to support households in needs.

That’s what theĀ brim 2018 program is all about. It’s comparable (though not exactly like) the welfare checks and food stamps offered by the United States of America to the homeless and/or poor.

According to studies about BR1M that’s scheduled to be tabled on October 27 of 2017 by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak, there are loads of people looking forward to BR1M. This assistance is particularly helpful with the rising cost of living in Malaysia.

BR1M and the Rising Cost of Living in Malaysia

  • While America has had fears of welfare checks creating welfare kings and queens, the Malaysians view measures like the Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia or BR1M program much more favorably. The benefits of measures like BR1M are seen as favorable or even vital according to a survey’s respondents (37.7% of them, to be more specific). It’s all for the sake of tiding them over and coping with the rising costs of living.


  • The assistance was allocated in the 2017 Malaysian budget on where the people’s taxes should go certainly did greatly when it comes to helping out people and shouldering the rising expenses of food, shelter, clothing, water, transportation, and other daily necessities. This is in light of the stagnant market that’s influenced by China’s own economy. Government intervention to help the indigent is called for now.


  • According to KAJIDATA advisor Professor Syed Arabi Aidid, the KAJIDATA survey noted that the volunteers for the study on the B40 segment (people earning below RM3,000 annually) wished that the Malaysian Government would continue their social program when it comes to deciding what’s allocated and what isn’t with the 2018 Budget when push came to shove. Measures like BR1M are a godsend to this segment of society.