As part of the MYR250 billion “Prihatin Rakyat” Economic Stimulus Package, the government announced a slew of relief initiatives to cushion the impact of COVID-19 and the Movement Control Order (MCO). One of the key highlights is Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN)—a cash relief scheme for the B40 and M40 groups.
The BPN cash relief is distributed in two phases—April and May.
As a refresher, here is the breakdown of the BPN cash relief:
- Household income of MYR4,000 and below (B40) – MYR1,600 (MYR1,000 + MYR600)
- Household income of MYR4,001 to MYR8,000 – MYR1,000 (MYR500 + MYR500)
- Individual (single) income of MYR2,000 and below (B40) – MYR800 (MYR500 + MYR300)
- Individual (single) income of MYR2,001 to MYR4,000 (B40) – MYR500 (MYR250 + MYR250)
Cash is directly credited into bank accounts registered under the Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) and Inland Revenue Board (LHDN).
Since 1 April, the LHDN has been sending out emails or text messages to notify Malaysians if they are eligible for BPN.
If you’re in the B40/M40 group who meet the criteria but are not listed or if your application was not approved, you have until 30 April 2020 to apply or appeal via the LHDN portal.
LHDN said in a statement that each new application and appeal received will be processed starting May 2020. For approved applications, a lump sum payment will be made in May.
Here is how to check your BPN status.
If you have more questions, you can refer to the official FAQ.
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