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Friday, 23 February 2018 | MYT 12:00 AM

Throw the book at the BR1M cheats

IT is saddening to know that more than 6,000 Malaysians were found to have abused the 1Malaysia People’s Aid or BR1M scheme between 2012 and 2014 by making fraudulent claims, costing the Government over RM3mil in that period, “6000 made fraudulent BR1M claims” (The Star, Feb 21).

All citizens who have been receiving this subsidy should thank the Government for its care and concern in helping to reduce their financial burden.

But be honest when applying for the aid. It is legally wrong to give false information. Sooner or later, the wrong data will be discovered, especially in this digital age when technology has made previously complicated things much easier.

We are lucky that we are not charged with committing a civil offence. So far, giving false or wrong data would only disqualify us from getting this benefit.

On its part, the Government needs to be extra strict in vetting the applicant’s personal data. Give to those who really deserve it and put those who play foul in the blacklist.

K.K. YONG

Ipoh