Over 8.4m to receive BPR starting this month

by SHAHEERA AZNAM SHAH / pic by RAZAK GHAZALI

MORE than 8.4 million recipients will be receiving cash assistance between RM150 and RM600 this month in the second phase of the Bantuan Prihatin Rakyat (BPR) programme.

Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz (picture) said the RM2.75 billion cash assistance would be distributed in stages from May 7 to May 12, 2021, to 3.6 million households, one million senior citizens and 3.8 million single individuals.

The cash aid will be credited to their bank accounts, while physical withdrawal at Bank Simpanan Nasional will begin on May 17.

BPR is a direct cash initiative announced in Budget 2021 to benefit the B40 group (bottom 40% income earners).

“Phase 1 of the programme had been conducted between Feb 24 and April 1, amounting to RM1.93 billion and were paid to 8.4 million recipients.

“The increase in allocation is due to the higher allocation paid to the recipients,” Tengku Zafrul said in a statement yesterday.

He said the amount of cash assistance has increased to the range of RM150 and RM600 compared to RM150 for single individuals and RM300 for households previously.

The minister said the application period for the appeal would begin from June 15-30, to ensure the programme reaches the targeted group and those who are truly eligible.

“With the existence of the appeal process, some of those whose applications were rejected still have the opportunity to submit an appeal along with the relevant documents to be reviewed by the Inland Revenue Board,” he said.

The government has channelled RM4.68 billion of direct cash assistance to 8.4 million recipients through both phases of the BPR programme.

Additionally, RM1.91 billion has been distributed from Jan 21 this year via the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional 2.0.

“As of May 2021, the total amount of direct cash assistance distributed that has been allocated for the B40 group by the government is worth RM6.59 billion.

“The government is always committed to ensuring the allocated assistance reaches those targeted to ensure the wellbeing of the people,” he said.