The Malaysian government has been dispensing cash to poorer citizens hit by rising costs but, with the next general election due within months, critics say these payments are a form of vote-buying.
Since last July, the Barisan Nasional (BN) government has dished out more than RM2.5 billion (S$842 million) in cash handouts to millions of Malaysians nationwide - from the destitute, farmers and fishermen to civil servants, religious teachers and village chiefs.
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