Unsuccessful eMadani applicants can soon appeal

Meeting people’s needs: Ahmad (second right) having a discussion with local residents when visiting the site for the community college in Benut, Pontian. — THOMAS YONG/The Star

PONTIAN: Eligible recipients who are unable to redeem the RM100 eMadani credit can soon make an appeal, says Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan.

The Deputy Finance Minister said the government will make an announcement and provide more details.

“On Wednesday, the ministry held a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister where we discussed the eMadani initiative among others.

“We will make an announcement soon about eMadani and the appeal process as well as provide further details on the matter,” he told a press conference after visiting the site earmarked for the Pontian Community College here in Benut.

Ahmad was asked whether the government plans to assist eMadani’s eligible recipients facing trouble claiming the credit, including senior citizens who may not be well-versed in using ewallet.

He said priority for the appeals will be given to Rahmah Cash Aid (STR) recipients.

“There are some 8.7 million STR recipients based on the list we have.

“We will compare the numbers on the data obtained with those who have successfully redeemed the eMadani credit to see if there is a significant difference in numbers,” he said.

To be eligible for the eMadani programme, applicants must be Malaysian citizens aged 21 or older this year.

The applicants must also receive the STR based on records as of Nov 7 or earn an annual income of RM100,000 and below based on Inland Revenue Board records as of July 15.

He added that the eMadani programme is part of the government’s initiative to enhance the digital economy while helping to boost local small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Separately, Ahmad said that Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi’s appointment as the state Umno chief will help improve the party.

Ahmad, who is also an Umno supreme council member and Johor Umno deputy chief, was asked to comment following Onn Hafiz’s appointment.

“We have four states where the heads of government are also the state Umno chiefs – Pahang, Perak, Melaka and now, Johor.

“We want to standardise it so that the head of a state government is also given the chance to be the party’s state chief,” Ahmad added.

On Thursday, Umno secretary-general Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki announced Onn Hafiz’s appointment as the new Johor Umno chief with immediate effect, while Datuk Rozi Mamat would be the new Terengganu Umno chief.

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