MIRI: Some recipients of the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M 2.0) converged at the Miri Civic Centre as early as 5am yesterday to beat the expected long queues.

One of the early birds, Jangang Ding, said he drove pass Miri Civic Centre at about 5.30am to send his grandchildren to school and was startled to see about five people sitting on chairs waiting patiently for the distribution centre to open.

“They were even earlier than the officials and workers who handled the distribution of the aid vouchers,” he told The Borneo Post when met at the scene at about 6am.

By 6am, the crowd size had swelled to about 100 recipients.

While some looked for their names on the name lists pasted on walls, others quickly queued up.

“I turned up early hoping to get my voucher early. Besides, I want to avoid the traffic jam,” Ding admitted.

By 7.30am, staff and assistants from SUPP Piasau branch arrived, followed by Rela members, policemen and Police Field Force (PFF) personnel.

Ding praised SUPP Piasau, under the leadership of Datuk Sebastian Ting, for managing and guiding the recipients well and ensuring that the distribution process went smoothly.

Ding, who is self employed, thanked the BN government for showing that it cared about the people by giving BR1M 2.0.

“To us, RM500 means a lot to help alleviate our financial constraints.

“Therefore, I hope the government will continue to be caring by giving us BR1M at least once a year.”