8.3 million households to get cash aid from April 6


KUALA LUMPUR: The first phase of payments of the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) one-off cash assistance for 8.3 million households and unmarried individuals will begin in stages from April 6, says Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz.

The aid, which benefits individuals from the B40 and M40 (low and middle-income) groups respectively, is among the initiatives under the Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package unveiled by the government.

Applications for BPN assistance and appeals are to be made from April 1 to 30.

BPN recipients who do not have bank accounts will receive their payments in person when the movement control order is lifted.Zafrul said BPN recipients in Sabah and Sarawak will receive the payments during the same time period when payments are issued to recipients in Peninsular Malaysia.

Enquiries can be directed to the Finance Ministry at 03-8882 9089, 03-8882 9087, 03-8882 9191, 03-8882 4565 and 03-8882 4566 or via email at bsh@treasury.gov.my or pre2020@treasury.gov.my.

Enquiries to the Inland Revenue Board can be made at 1800 882 747 and 03-8911 1000. — Bernama

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