Published: Tuesday October 9, 2012 MYT 1:14:00 PM
MCA to help all senior citizens receive BR1M 2.0
KUALA LUMPUR: Wangsa Maju and Puchong MCA branches will help senior citizens in their areas to receive the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) and ensure no one was left out this time around.
Wangsa Maju MCA chairman Datuk Yew Teong Look said they received complaints from constituents, mostly senior citizens, that they did not receive the BR1M assistance despite meeting the terms required.
"Looking into their complaints, we found many of them did not complete their forms and left the 'number of children' portion blank or their handwriting was illegible," he said when contacted by Bernama here.
To overcome this, Yew said they will hold a series of tours and talks to help ensure eligible individuals, especially senior citizens, received the BR1M 2.0 next year.
He said the MCA does not want anymore complaints from deserving candidates as it would effect the government's efforts.
At the tabling of the 2013 Budget, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that BR1M 2.0 will be extended to bachelors aged 21 and above who are earning a monthly income of less than RM2,000.
Puchong MCA chairman Datuk Wong Hock Aun said a small fraction of applicants who did not get the BR1M were illiterate or visually impaired.
"The visually impaired have no one to fill out forms for them, so they have to complete the forms themselves," he added.
Meanwhile, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur Gerakan secretary Wong Ruen Yuen suggested that the BR1M be distributed through selected banks to ease the process for senior citizens who are weak and disabled.
"Not everyone can attend the BR1M presentation ceremonies held at community halls, especially the disabled and senior citizens who are not mobile," he said. - Bernama