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Friday January 27, 2012

BR1M recipients can collect money without approval letter

DEPUTY Finance Minister Datuk Donald Lim has given the assurance that the one-off RM500 aid under the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia Scheme (BRIM) will still be given to those who failed to bring the letter of approval from the ministry.

Lim said the aid would be given provided that the person’s name was on the list and they had to present their MyKad upon registration.

“As long as they have been approved by the Finance Ministry to receive the aid and their names are on the board, they will be given the money at the discretion of the bank officer,” he told reporters during the distribution of RM500 BRIM aid at SMK (P) Sri Aman in Section 14, Petaling Jaya recently.

Lim, who is also the Selangor MCA chairman, said priority would be given to the disabled and the elderly to ensure a smooth flow in the distribution of the aid.

Helping hand: Petaling Jaya Utara federal development coordinator Datuk Dr Wong Sai Hou (left) and Lim (third from left) helping a recipient with the form.

“We will have another lane specially for them to hasten the process as some are sickly and would not be able to stand for too long,” he said, adding that the response from the people has been encouraging despite the minor hiccups.

More than 1,000 people, mostly the elderly, handicapped and single mothers came to the school to receive the aid.

Kampung Tunku state liaison officer Kelvin Chong apologised to the public for the problems faced during the distribution of the aid at the school on Jan 18.

A recipient got angry when he was told that he could not receive the RM500.

“Some had travelled a long distance just to get the aid and we will try our best to help them. However, we came across a situation, whereby the person was from Taman Medan, but registered in Kampung Tunku and we could not find his name on the list.

“We are going to rectify this problem by including the area they prefer to collect the aid in the application form,” he said.

Odd-job worker, L. Sarojini, 43, said she was happy to receive the RM500 aid as it would help ease her financial burden.

For 37-year-old Shamsinar Othman, the aid would definitely reduce her burden as a single mother.

A total of 2,940 people have been listed under Kampung Tunku to receive the aid, while 2,105 people have been listed under Damansara Utama.

The next distribution session at SMK (P) Sri Aman will be held on Jan 30 and 31 from 9am to noon followed by a second one from 2pm to 5pm.

For enquiries, call 1Malaysia Service Centre (PK1M) at 03-7956 2266.

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