Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz has announced that the government will replace the existing Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) assistance with an enhanced Bantuan Prihatin Rakyat (BPR) as a means of assisting the B40 households.
Along with the change in name, the new BPR programme will also feature new conditions and amount of financial assistance in comparison to the BSH programme. Here’s what you can expect from the BPR programme once it begins.
|Monthly household income||Number of children||Cash aid provided|
|Less than RM2,500||One child||RM1,200|
|Two or more children||RM1,800|
|Between RM2,501 to RM4,000||One child||RM800|
|Two or more children||RM1,200|
|Between RM4,001 to RM5,000||One child||RM500|
|Two or more children||RM750|
|Singles aged 21 and above earning < RM2,500||–||RM350|
Compared to the BSH programme which was introduced in Budget 2019 and then expanded during Budget 2020, the BPR programme offers a higher amount of cash aid, but it is also more specific and targeted in terms of eligibility.
A total of RM6.5 billion has been allocated for the BPR programme, and it is expected to benefit 8.1 million people. This is in comparison with the RM5 billion previously set aside for 4.3 million recipients under the BSH programme.