PETALING JAYA: Inland Revenue Board offices nationwide were packed with Malaysians eager to apply for the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) as the distribution of forms for the cash aid started.
IRB public relations officer Masrun Maslin said IRB offices nationwide opened special counters to cater to BR1M applicants.
“It’s normal for our offices to be this crowded on the first day of the month and we were ready to cater to them. Still, we encourage BR1M applicants to use the online application system,” he said.
In Taiping, Perak, the queue began as early as 7.30am, extending all the way outside and around the IRB office building, while in Kota Baru, special counters had been set up in front of the office building.
Long lines were also seen at the Perlis and Kedah Urban Transformation Centres (UTCs).
On the number of special counters for BR1M, Masrun said there were roughly 10 to 20 special counters at each branch, depending on the expected number of applicants.
Applications for BR1M will remain open until Dec 31 and forms can be returned to IRB branches, revenue service centres, UTCs or district offices.
Masrun, however, highly recommended that applicants log on to the BR1M Inland Revenue Board official portal at https//: ebr1m.hasil.gov.my for a more convenient application process.
BR1M will be paid three times a year for household recipients, and only once for individual recipients. For individuals with an income below RM2000, RM350 will be paid starting Jan 28, 2015.
For households with a monthly income of RM3,000 and below, the first payment of RM300 will be on Jan 28, RM300 on May 28 and RM350 on Sept 28.
For households with a monthly income of RM3,001 to RM4,000, the first payment will be RM200 on Jan 28, RM200 on May 28 and RM350 on Sept 28.
In George Town, early birds arrived in droves to hand in their BR1M forms at the IRB office at Dewan Perniagaan Melayu.
The 100m-long line turned heads and caused traffic congestion as cars pulled over to drop and pick up passengers at Beach Street.
Several IRB officers went around distributing the forms and attending to queries.
First-time applicant Chong Kooi Gek, 82, who came with her friend Goh Siew Khim, 60, said: “Since my daughter is on leave, I came immediately to settle the documents. Earlier is better.
“My friend tagged along since it was her first time applying and she was not sure how to go about it.”