PETALING JAYA: The Jaringan Prihatin programme for the 8.5 million B40 recipients of Bantuan Prihatin Rakyat will help them to buy better mobile devices or broadband plans.
According to a statement released by the Finance Ministry in conjunction with the virtual launch of Jaringan Prihatin Programme by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, eligible recipients can choose one of two benefits – a device package or a monthly data plan package catered to those with or without children.
Those with children under 18 years old can either receive a rebate of RM300 for devices or data plan rebates worth up to a total of RM180 over 12 months.
Those with no children under 18 can either choose a rebate of RM180 for devices or a total of RM180 worth of data plan rebates over 12 months.
“This programme is in line with the government’s five main focus areas in its effort to regenerate and boost the Malaysian economy post-Covid-19, part of which is to enhance the country’s competitiveness by reducing the digital divide, ” said the Finance Ministry.
The five key focus areas are controlling the spread of Covid-19 to enable the economy to reopen; driving economic recovery to further safeguard the well-being of the people and the affected sectors; strengthening national competitiveness; ensuring an inclusive agenda; and transforming the economy towards knowledge-based and innovation-driven activities.
“The Jaringan Prihatin Programme is an initiative under Budget 2021 to assist 8.5 million Bantuan Prihatin Rakyat (BPR) recipients access Internet data services or purchase mobile devices.
“The RM3.5bil programme complements the MyDigital initiative announced in February 2021, aimed at building digital talent and skills in line with efforts to achieve inclusivity based on the Shared Prosperity Vision 2030 objectives, ” the ministry said in its statement.
Jaringan Prihatin Programme is a collaboration between the ministries of Finance and Communications and Multimedia, as well as 12 telcos in Malaysia, namely Celcom, Digi, Maxis, Mcalls, redONE, speakOUT, Tune Talk, U Mobile, unifi Mobile, XOX Mobile, YES and Yoodo.
This programme was announced as part of the Budget 2021 with an original allocation of RM1.5bil.
“Taking into account the number of B40 families with children, especially those still in school, RM500mil was added to this programme under the Pemerkasa package announced last March, making it RM2bil.
“In addition, telcos are also offering additional benefits worth RM1.5bil, bringing the total value to RM3.5bil for BPR recipients, ” it added.
Registration for Jaringan Prihatin will open from May 5,2021, to July 31,2021.
Eligible recipients can register with the telco of their choice and join any of the plans recognised under the programme.
For more information on Jaringan Prihatin, please visit: https://belanjawan2021.treasury.gov.my/manfaat/index.php/bm/jaringanprihatin