Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir pledged to Siamese community here that the opposition pact would deposit the BR1M directly into the recipients’ bank account instead of having to collect the handout from Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders in special gathering. File pix

PENDANG: At first, the opposition pact had gone on an overdrive mode to criticise the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M), only to make a U-turn and pledged to retain the cash handout if they come into power.

Today, Kedah opposition pact chairman Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir pledged to Siamese community here that the opposition pact would deposit the BR1M directly into the recipients’ bank account instead of having to collect the handout from Barisan Nasional (BN) leaders in special gathering.

Either it was a slip of tongue or it slipped his mind, Mukhriz seemed to forget that the recipients received the money which had been deposited into their account for the past four years.

In fact, it has been the practice when Mukhriz was the Kedah menteri besar.

For the record, only recipients who face technical issue with their bank account will have to collect the cash handout manually.

Mukhriz made the pledge in his speech while campaigning at Siamese community settlement in Titi Akar here today.

He alleged that the BN government was not sincere in handing out BR1M because the recipients were made to wait in long queue and attended a ceremony where they were forced to listen to political speeches.

“The handout that we want to give will be channelled straight to the recipients’ bank account,” he claimed.

The Jerlun parliamentary constituency candidate also claimed that the Siamese community’s voice in Dewan Negara was weak because the Senator was not chosen by the community.

“If we are given the mandate in this 14th general election (GE14), we will give the community a say on whom they want to appoint as senator, instead of being appointed by the Prime Minister,” he said.

Although Mukhriz promised that the opposition pact would solve the Siamese Land Certificate issue.

Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah was reported as saying in March that the Kedah state government had agreed to abolish the renewal process for Siamese Agriculture Certificate, which is a requirement for the community when applying for Malay Reserve Land to carry out agriculture activities.