by FARA AISYAH/ pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL
THE first instalment of Household Living Aid (BSH) 2020 of RM300 per household is expected to be disbursed within three days beginning Jan 20 (yesterday).
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (picture) said a total of RM1 billion distributed during the first phase will benefit nearly 3.8 million BSH recipients.
“From today, Monday (Jan 20) until Wednesday (Jan 22), the first phase of BSH 2020 payments will be credited into BSH recipients’ registered bank account. For the first phase of BSH 2020, payments are made at RM300 per household,” he said in a statement.
Household with income below RM2,000; between RM2,001 and RM3,000; and between RM3,001 and RM4,000 will each receive RM300 BSH payment.
Lim added that to ensure all BSH 2020 payments are accepted by all eligible recipients, the application and renewal period will be open from Feb 1, 2020, to Mar 15, 2020.
He said eligible recipients of BSH who receive the first phase of BSH 2020 payment do not need to apply unless there is a change of information to update.
“This application and updating processes are focused on those who are eligible under BSH 2020 requirements, but payments were not approved for BSH 2019.
“This includes the new BSH 2020 category, as announced in the Budget 2020 speech for single individuals aged 40 and over,” Lim noted.
In the Budget 2020 announcement last year, Lim said the government will allocate RM5 billion for BSH and expand the scheme to cover 1.1 million single individuals aged above 40 years old who are earning less than RM2,000 per month.
In addition, he said, all disabled persons aged 18 years old and above, with an income less than RM2,000 per month will also be covered.
Lim said they will be entitled to receive a BSH payment of RM300, and qualify automatically as a recipient of the free MySalam Takaful scheme.
Lim recently said specially abled (OKU) applicants who are listed as e-Bantuan recipients of the Social Welfare Department do not need to submit new or updated applications if their applications in 2019 passed without any change of information.
OKU applicants who are not listed as e-Bantuan recipients but meet BSH 2020 el igibi l ity requirements must make a new application.
Once the BSH 2020 database is updated, the balance payments for the household category will be channelled in the second and third phases, while the single and OKU categories will be distributed one-off in the second phase, said Lim.