Friday, 8 June 2012

Using Our Money For Their Votes

Malaysia's Najib seen delaying election, boosting spending

By Niluksi Koswanage

KUALA LUMPUR | Thu Jun 7, 2012 9:06am EDT

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia is planning a fresh round of cash handouts to poorer families in August, Deputy Prime Minister Muhiyuddin Yassin said on Thursday, a move seen aimed at shoring up support among undecided voters.

"I informed the prime minister that if we have the money, we should distribute a second time," he said according to state news agency Bernama.

Two senior officials earlier told Reuters the government is considering giving out payments to 5.2 million low-income households ahead of a Muslim festival in August. Prime Minister Najib Razak would then present a generous election budget in September before announcing an election date, they said.

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