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Friday February 3, 2012

Constituents can go online to check BR1M application status

KUCHING: Applicants of the BR1M RM500 monetary aid in seven parliamentary constituencies in the state can now avoid the hassle of having to queue up for hours just to check on their application status.

Instead, those living in Kuching, Stampin, Serian, Sarikei, Lanang, Sibu and Miri can now do so via online.

The service is an initiative of SUPP and is available on its website www.supp.org.my. All the applicants need to do is type in their identification card numbers to check on their statuses.

The website currently has more than 70,000 names of approved applicants.

SUPP president Datuk Seri Peter Chin said his party was the first to provide the service in the country.

“This will help save a lot of time for the people. They no longer have to queue up for a long time at the Inland Revenue Board’s (IRB) offices or at the district offices just to find out if their application has been approved.

“So it is very convenient for the people now,” he told reporters after launching the service at Dewan Sa’ati at the party’s headquarters here.

Chin added that the party was prompted to come up with the service after seeing the number of people lining up at offices throughout the state.

He added that SUPP would have provided the service earlier, but they could not immediately obtain the soft copy of the list of those who had been approved from the Ministry of Finance.

After the list was obtained, SUPP workers spent two days removing personal information such as the contact number and address of the recipients before it was uploaded to the internet.

SUPP information chief Datuk Sebastian Ting pointed out that the service would be updated as soon as new lists of recipients were available since approval was given in phases.

“If you check your status on the website now and there is no information about you, do not worry. We are now on the third phases and there are still two more phases to go,” he said.

Ting revealed that the Internet service was actually sparked by the SMS blast that Miri SUPP had sent out to successful applicants of the BR1M aid.

“The SMS system was even more tedious because we had to manually key in the contact numbers of some 20,000 people,” Ting said.

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