Published: Wednesday January 23, 2013 MYT 3:51:00 PM
Seven million households, individuals apply for BR1M 2.0
SUNGAI PETANI: Some seven million households and unmarried individuals have applied for the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) 2.0 which will be paid out next month.
Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah said 4.1 million of the applicants were households which had received the BR1M last year. The the rest were fresh applicants comprising about 1.7 million single unmarried individuals as well as households which had just applied. "We have brought forward to this year the 4.1 million BR1M recipients of last year (without them having to register again).
"We anticipate more than six million BR1M 2.0 recipients.
"The Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) has to verify all the fresh applicants prior to payment," he told reporters after opening the Menara Hasil Sungai Petani building in Bandar Amanjaya, here.
Ahmad Husni said the payment would be made from Feb 1 to 28, and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak would officially launch the payment on Feb 2.
"The BR1M payment will be handled by the district office or the zone development officer. They will ensure that the payment is received by all eligible applicants," he said.
Ahmad Husni said the payment to be made next month would be for those who had registered up to Dec 31 last year.
"We have not closed the applications. For applications made after Dec 31, the payment will be made after February because we need time to process the applications.
"It is the policy of the prime minister that all eligible applicants will receive the payment," he said.
Ahmad Husni said this year's BR1M payment would involve an allocation of RM3bil. Last year, 4.1 million recipients received a total of RM2.1bil. Under the BR1M introduced last year, households with a monthly income of less than RM3,000 are eligible to receive RM500.
For BR1M 2.0, the government extended the aid to single unmarried individuals aged 21 and above with a monthly income of less than RM2,000. These people will receive RM250.