SIBU: A number of people from the B40 lower income group, especially those in rural areas, may fail to get the second handout of Bantuan Sara Hidup Rakyat (BSHR) as they are not able to successfully apply for or update their information as required.
DAP Sarawak vice chairman, David Wong on Friday (March 1) blamed this state of affair on the Sarawak state government for refusing to lend a helping hand.
He claimed the district offices throughout the state had turned away people who approached them to apply for or update their information.
He gave the example of Sibu division where, out of 80,000 forms given out by LHDN as of Feb 27, only 59,407 forms were returned.
The cash grant programme is a means of assisting the B40 households. Applicants have to update their personal information before March 15 to qualify for the aid.
"The federal government, through LHDN (Inland Revenue Board), has been busy setting up counters throughout the state to help the rakyat as the dateline for submission is March 15, 2019.
"However, due to the vast size of the state, many have yet to successfully apply for or updated their information as required. While the federal government is busy helping, the Sarawak GPS government on the other hand has been accused of refusing to help," he said.
Wong said there were district offices in all districts as well as resident offices in all divisions in the state, but these offices were not utilised.
He said the lackadaisical attitudes of these offices came about after State Secretary, Tan Sri Muhammad Morshidi Abdul Ghani on Oct 11, last year, issued an official memorandum to all community leaders through the resident offices that they were prohibited from participating any activity not organised by the state government.
He said the GPS was likely worried about losing their power in the coming election and thus seemed to be going all out to stop the rakyat from receiving aid from the federal government.
"The GPS government did open counters in districts such as Kanowit, Pakan, Matu, Daro, Simunjan, Sebuyau and Sri Aman but for one day only, which was not enough," he added.
He said DAP Sarawak had mobilised its machinery to help the rakyat through its service centres throughout the state and by setting up counters in crowded areas such as the markets and commercial centres.
He said they would continue to serve the rakyat through the service centres, encouraging people to go to its service centres for assistance.