Rejected GKP applications subjected to BKM’s approval

However, no fresh application is needed for the rejected applicants, finance minister says

pic by MUHD AMIN NAHARUL

APPLICATIONS for Prihatin Special Grant (GKP) that were previously rejected will be considered for approval under the Bantuan Keluarga Malaysia (BKM).

Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz (picture) said applicants do not have to re-apply for the BKM assistance as their names are already available in the system.

“To ensure that no one is left behind, I would like to announce that GKP applicants who were rejected because they have previously received Bantuan Prihatin Rakyat or Covid-19 Special Assistance will be considered for automatic approval under BKM. They do not have to re-apply for BKM.

“For new applications, the registration period will be from Jan 1, 2022, until Jan 31, 2022, to ensure those eligible get the opportunity to receive the assistance,” he said yesterday during the ministry’s winding-up session on the Supply Bill 2022 debate at the committee stage in the Dewan Rakyat.

BKM is a new financial aid for low-income households announced by the minister during the tabling of Budget 2022 last month.

Households with three or more children earning below RM2,500 a month are set to receive RM2,000 a month under the BKM scheme.

Additionally, single mothers or fathers who earn less than RM5,000 a month are eligible to receive an additional aid of RM500 monthly while an additional RM300 will be given to senior citizens.

BKM is expected to benefit more than 9.6 million recipients with a total allocation of RM8.2 billion.

During Tengku Zafrul’s 20-minute winding-up session, several Opposition lawmakers also questioned him why the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) did not blacklist Pekan MP Datuk Seri Mohd Najib Razak due to the former prime minister’s (PM) tax arrears of RM1.69 billion.

Jelutong MP RSN Rayer raised the question first adding that Najib was given “special treatment” from the government.

Tengku Zafrul initially declined to respond to the question but he then gave a brief response saying that the matter was a decision made by the court.

“The decision was made by the court so the IRB cannot blacklist Pekan at the moment,” said the minister.

Rayer, however, said the minister did not understand the question and repeatedly asked Tengku Zafrul the same question which led to his 20-minute suspension by Deputy Dewan Rakyat Speaker Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon.

Tanjung Malim MP then asked Tengku Zafrul the same question to which the minister replied that it was a court decision.

The Kuala Lumpur High Court had returned Najib’s passport on Oct 26 to allow the former PM to travel to Singapore from Oct 25 to Dec 6 to visit his daughter and newborn grandson.

However, due to the Melaka state election, the court changed Najib’s travel date to Nov 21 until Dec 5.