Govt approves RM231m BSH appeals

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THE government has approved the appeals of 210,000 applications for Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) 2020.

The Finance Ministry (MoF) said the payment will benefit 192,000 households and 18,000 single recipients (age 40 to 59 years old) with an estimated allocation of RM231 million.

“The BSH 2020 payment of RM231 million to the applicants brings the total BSH payments this year to RM5 billion, involving 4.5 million recipients covering 3.95 million households and 550,000 single recipients (40 to 59 years old).

“Over 250,000 appeals were received and each was verified by the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) with the latest data from relevant agencies to determine their eligibility,” the MoF said in a statement yesterday.

The BSH 2020 appeal period was opened between Aug 7 and Sept 6, 2020, to ensure that assistance can be delivered to those in need.

The MoF said those whose applications have been rejected could appeal with relevant documents for review by the IRB.

Recently, the government announced the wage subsidy programme (WSP) and WSP 2.0 as financial assistance for employers affected by Covid-19 to resume business operations and retain workers.

Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz (picture) said a total of 322,000 employers and more than 2.6 million workers benefitted from the WSP which had a total of RM11.9 billion in wage subsidy approved as at Oct 23.

“In total, almost RM18 billion has been prepared for WSP and WSP 2.0,” he said in the Dewan Rakyat last week.

He was responding to a question from Datuk Ahmad Nazlan Idris (Barisan Nasional-Jerantut) who asked about the government’s plans after the Recovery Movement Control Order to help those who have lost their jobs or saw a reduction in income due to the pandemic.

The government has also announced stimulus measures to provide temporary relief for those heavily impacted to bear their daily costs.

Among the initiatives outlined by Tengku Zafrul are the one-off cash assistance under Bantuan Prihatin Nasional and an additional one-off assistance of RM100 under BSH.

“As of Oct 23, 2020, the government channelled a total of RM11.9 billion of one-off assistance to 16.3 million recipients,” he said.

He added that the government had reduced financial stress within households by giving discounts on electricity bills and exemption in rents for those renting under the People’s Housing Project or those who are in transit under the management of Housing and Local Government Ministry and Kuala Lumpur City Hall.