Bantuan Prihatin Nasional 2.0 to help ease burden of M’sians

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  • Saturday, 26 Sep 2020

SEREMBAN: The Bantuan Prihatin Nasional 2.0 (BPN 2.0) is expected to bring relief to some Malaysians still struggling with the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, a move that the government hopes will lead to a better economic position next year.

Anisah Wazir, 56, a food seller in Seremban, Negri Sembilan, said the aid gave much needed relief to her family.

“I used the previous BPN to restart my business which was disrupted during the movement control order (MCO) in March. I hope people like us will continue to get aid. I am worried that another MCO will be enforced.My husband is also unemployed,” she said.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced the BPN 2.0 through the Prihatin Supplementary Initiative Package (Kita Prihatin) on Wednesday.

Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz said the economic stimulus packages announced by the government – Prihatin, Prihatin SME+, Penjana and Kita Prihatin – worth a total of RM305bil, were expected to contribute between 3.7% and 4% to Malaysia’s gross domestic product this year.

“The move will place us in a better position for economic recovery next year,” he said.

Former hotel employee, Aishah Radzi, 35, said both BPN 1.0 and BPN 2.0 helped ease her burden after being laid off during the MCO.

“When I received BPN, I used part of it as capital to start an online food business,” she said. — Bernama

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