29th November 2021 - 2 min read
Deputy Finance Minister 1 Mohd Shahar Abdullah has said that individuals who believe they are eligible for the Bantuan Keluarga Malaysia (BKM) initiative can register or update their information starting from 1 to 31 January 2022.
The deputy minister said that this update is in reference to individuals who are eligible for the aid, but are currently not included in relevant databases, such as the Bantuan Prihatin Rakyat (BPR) database. These include those who were previously categorised under the M40 income group, but have now fallen into the B40 group. Affected individuals can apply, register, or update their details through the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) website.
“We have a month for them to do so, and more information related to BKM can be found on the LHDN website,” said Mohd Shahar, adding that existing BPR recipients are not required to submit any applications for BKM as they are automatically eligible for the assistance. The first BKM payment is expected to be made in March 2022.
BKM was initially announced during the tabling of Budget 2022, and is offered as an improvement from the BPR programme. Under the BKM programme, eligible households can receive up to a maximum of RM2,500 cash aid.
Aside from that, the deputy minister also stated that the payment for the final phase of the Covid-19 Special Assistance (BKC) will be disbursed as scheduled, in December 2021. This involves an allocation of RM1.2 billion for 3.8 million hardcore poor and B40 households. The BKC was introduced during the PEMULIH stimulus package, offering up to a total of RM1,300 cash aid (via three staggered payments) to those who are in need.
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