Najib has announced a RM100 million government allocation in the form of ASM trust fund shares to assist the urban poor. The government is reportedly now compiling data on the urban poor and hardcore poor to determine who is eligible to receive the aid.
Several questions spring to mind:
- What is the criteria for eligibility? This should be publicised.
- What is the mechanism for distributing this aid?
- Is it necessary to get parliamentary approval for this aid?
- Why ASM shares and not other forms of aid?