This was the scene at Dewan Panorama in Taman Tun Dr Awang, Butterworth this morning, when RM500 each was given to the first batch of successful low-income applicants in the area.
Residents who had applied for the aid and received letters of approval via post from the government turned up at the venue. Young and old, they came, a few in wheelchairs. Outside the hall, they registered at counters and were given a voucher each. Clutching these vouchers, they queued up inside the hall as the line of people inched to the stage to redeem their vouchers for RM500 in cash.
On stage, a large banner on the backdrop proclaimed that this particular event was facilitated by (“disempurnakan oleh”) Nor Mohamad Yakcop, the MP for Tasik Gelugor, who happens to be the Minister in the PM’s Department in charge of the Economic Planning Unit. Also on stage were folks attired with BSN tags while a couple of others wore white shirts on which was printed ‘Pemuda Umno’. An Information Ministry van was parked outside.
The announcer told the crowd that if they didn’t want to wait, they could also obtain the RM500 cash from banks such as BSN and CIMB.