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Sunday September 29, 2013 MYT 8:55:41 PM
IPOH: The government plans to distribute the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) twice in 2014, said Finance Minister II Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah.
He also said the BR1M might be distributed via the recipients' bank account.
Previously, it was distributed through cash vouchers to successful applicants.
"The BRIM quantum will be announced during the tabling of Budget 2014 on Oct 25 by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
"We have prepared the first draft for this and have presented it to Najib.
"Currently we are further strengthening the distribution of BRIM. While the actual amount has not been determined, it is certain to be more than the RM500, per person, handed out previously," he added.
Ahmad Husni was speaking to reporters after opening the Sekolah Agama Rakyat Ehsaniah in Kampung Dato Ahmad Said Tambahan II, Gugusan Manjoi, Sunday.
He said the planned two-time distribution of BRIM will enable recipients to use it within a specified time, and in a more careful manner compared to the previously practised one-off handout.
Ahmad Husni said when the subsidy rationalisation policy is implemented, the government will also look at the best assistance model for those earning a household income of between RM4,000 and RM5,000.
"The government wants to see that it can help this group. It is more in the context of when the government implements the subsidy rationalisation policy, we want to continue assistance, but in a different form.
"I cannot divulge the details. We have to wait for the tabling of the budget," Ahmad Husni added.
The distribution of the BR1M 1.0 was implemented by the government in 2012.
For the BR1M 2.0, cash assistance of RM500 was given to Malaysians with a household income of less than RM3,000 a month.
Unmarried individuals aged 21 and above and with a monthly income of less than RM2,000 were eligible to receive RM250. -Bernama
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