Jaringan Prihatin Programme Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz
Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz

By Mohd Zaini Samsu Hadi

KUALA LUMPUR – The government has extended the Jaringan Prihatin Programme for another month until 31 August.

In addition, the implementation period of the program has also been extended until 31 August next year, said Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Utama Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz.

“The extension would allow the new approved applicants of BPR (Bantuan Prihatin Rakyat) to register for the Jaringan Prihatin programme.

“Application for Jaringan Prihatin can be made online or through the application of the participating telecommunication companies,” he said in a statement today.

Zafrul said, as of 22 June, the programme has reached 2.8 million registrations and over 500,000 recipients have received new mobile devices.

He said, generally, close to RM180 million have been channelled to the B40 group through the Jaringan Prihatin programme to reduce the cost of gaining internet access to facilitate PDPR (home-based teaching and learning) for households with schooling children.

The Jaringan Prihatin Programme is an initiative under Budget 2021 and is upgraded under the PEMERKASA package.

All BPR recipients are eligible to get internet data service assistance or purchase mobile devices through the 12 participating telecommunication companies.

The RM3.5 billion programme was launched by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on 5 May. – MalaysiaGazette