The Ministry of Finance has extended the deadline for new registrations and updates for Bantuan Prihatin Rakyat (BPR) by ten days to 25 February 2021. Previously, the registration and update period was meant to take place between 15 January to 15 February.
According to Finance Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul Aziz, this is aimed at ensuring that the BPR aid is received by eligible parties while taking into account the current movement control order (MCO) implemented in most parts of the country.
“Only applicants who have not received the Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) 2020 or Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) B40 aids and households earning RM5,000 and below in a month need to make new applications,” the finance minister’s statement read. “This includes newly vulnerable groups who are eligible to apply due to a change in income status following Covid-19.”
Datuk Seri Tengku Zafrul highlighted that with this process, a section of those who previously did not qualify and have not received BPR still have a chance to put forward a request for re-verification. Meanwhile, BSH 2020 recipients and BPN B40 applicants need not make any new registrations or updates if there have been no changes to their information.
The BPR was first announced during the tabling of Budget 2021 as a replacement to the BSH B40 assistance scheme. Currently, Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri (LHDN) has received almost 550,000 new applications that require verification and system cross-checks. The first phase of BPR payments will be given out at the end of this month, while the second phase is expected to be carried out in early May.
(Source: Ministry of Finance)