KUALA LUMPUR – Fulfilling his promise that no one will be left behind in the economic stimulus package, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced close to RM10 billion of one-off cash aid to lighten the burdens of the people affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.
For the first time, the Prime Minister said, the government will be handing out cash aid to the M40 groups.
According to Muhyiddin, the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (National Caring Aid) will encompass private sector workers, FELDA settlers, farmers, fishermen, small business owners and everyone under the M40 group and below.
The payment will be made as such:
- First: RM1,600 to almost 4 million households with monthly income of RM4,000 and below. RM1,000 will be paid in April 2020 and RM600 in May.
- Second: RM1,000 to almost 1.1 million households with monthly income of more than RM4,000 to RM8,000 and which RM500 will be paid in April 2020 and the remaining RM500 in May
- Third: RM800 to 3 million unmarried individuals aged 21 years and above with the monthly income of RM2,000 and below. RM500 will be paid in April 2020 and the remaining RM300 will be paid in May.
- Fourth: RM500 to 400,000 unmarried individuals aged 21 years and above with monthly income of more than RM2,000 to RM4,000. RM250 will be paid in April 2020 and the remaining RM250 will be paid in May.
“I understand that in the catastrophe which we are facing currently, the income for a big number of you have been affected.
“To lighten your burden, the government will provide the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional, a one-off cash aid with an allocation of close to RM10 billion and for the first time, it will also be given to the M40 group,” he said in a special address aired live on national television.
According to the Prime Minister, the cash aid under the Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) will be paid in July 2020 involving RM3.2 billion.
Students in higher learning institutions will also benefit from this aid. They will receive a one-off RM200 each and it will be paid in May 2020.
“The aid involves an allocation of RM270 billion to all higher learning institution students including matriculations, community colleges, polytechnics, IPTA and IPTS,” he said.
The Bantuan Prihatin Nasional also focussed on groups which are easily affected such as the senior citizens, children in shelter homes, people with disabilities, the homeless and the aboriginal people.
According to Muhyiddin, the government will work with relevant NGOs and social entrepreneurs to hand out food aid, healthcare items and shelter for them with an allocation of RM25 million. -MalaysiaGazette