PUTRAJAYA: Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has refuted claims that the e-Tunai initiative is an attempt by the government to obtain the public's personal information.
He said the government does not have to go through such lengths for the information as all can be obtained from one's identity card.
"I don't see how this can be construed as an effort to get personal information. If there is any benefit from this exercise, it's that we know about consumption patterns.
"The government doesn't need the information because we are not involved in business or trading. It is just us wanting to do something for the people," he said when asked to comment on such claims.
The claims for the e-Tunai Rakyat initiative kicked off on Wednesday (Jan 15) with Touch ‘n Go eWallet, Boost and GrabPay selected to be the service providers for the project.
The initiative will run for two months until March 14, after which any unspent money will be forfeited.
Malaysians aged 18 and above and who earn less than RM100,000 annually will be eligible to receive RM30 each through any of the participating e-wallets.
The RM30 can be used to purchase goods and services available through the respective e-wallet of their choice.
To get the money, they will first have to register and the claims process will be subjected to eligibility checks with the National Registration Department and the Inland Revenue Board (IRB).
As of 10pm on Thursday (Jan 16), some 784,000 applications were received with 672,000 approved and RM18.8mil disbursed.
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