Good news for aid recipients


THE amount of the iSejahtera welfare aid programme will be increased to RM200 from RM150, benefiting a total of 217,868 recipients in Penang this year.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the yearly aid would be paid out via the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) in phases.

“We stopped cash payments as a means to curb the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We urge all recipients to update their bank account details to ease the processing of welfare aid payments,” he said in a statement yesterday.

The cash aid has been given out since 2009 to senior citizens, single mothers and the disabled among others.

Chow said as of Jan 19, there were 205,477 registered elderly recipients and 12,391 registered disabled applicants.

The programme was first introduced with a yearly payout of RM100, and later increased to RM130 a year.

Chow said the amount was then revised to RM150 in 2020, and now RM200.

“We are aware that some recipients have missed out on the 2020 and 2021 payments.

“In these cases, we will channel the 2020 and 2021 payments to all the affected recipients during the payment phase in March this year.

“If they fail to update their bank details before June 30, 2022, they will not be able to receive payments for 2020 and 2021,” he said.

Chow added that their data showed that a total of 31,162 recipients had not updated their account details.

He said the breakdown was 26,745 senior citizens, 209 disabled recipients, 867 single mothers and 3,341 housewives.

“Recipients can update their details online through the iSejahtera system or head to any service centre of the elected representatives with their latest bank account statement.

“We hope the applicants can update their details swiftly so that we can give out the welfare aid payments,” he said.

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