Prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin has announced the second round of cash aid targeting the B40, M40 households under its PRIHATIN Short Term Economic Recovery Programme. Called Bantuan Prihatin Nasional 2.0 (BPN 2.0), a sum of MYR7 billion has been allocated to help Malaysians cope with the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing Movement Control Order (MCO).
What is BPN 2.0?
BPN 2.0 is a follow up to the first BPN cash aid introduced in March 2020, with payments being disbursed in April and May 2020.
Who gets what and how much?
Out of the MYR7 billion sum, MYR1,000 each would be distributed to 3.7 million B40 families, MYR500 each to 3.8 million B40 singles, MYR600 each to 1.4 million M40 families, and MYR300 each to 1.7 million M40 singles.
The cash aid will be disseminated in two batches—first at the end of October of this year and another in January next year.
Who is eligible?
The criteria for eligibility have not changed from the original BPN. The 10.6 million recipients who received the first payout will be eligible for the upcoming BPN 2.0.
The eligibility criteria are as follows:
- B40 households: Households earning MYR4,000 and below
- M40 households: Household earning between MYR4,000 to MYR8,000
- B40 individuals: Single individuals aged 21 years and above, earning MYR2,000 and below
- M40 individuals: Single individuals aged 21 years and above, earning MYR2,001 to MYR4,000
When will BPN 2.0 be disbursed?
The cash aid will be disbursed in two stages—the first at the end of October 2020, and subsequently in January 2021.
The disbursement schedule and disbursement amounts are as follows:
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How is BPN 2.0 disbursed?
Like the first BPN, the monies will be distributed through automatic direct deposit into your registered bank account. If you’re a BSH recipient, it will be the same bank account registered with the BSH database.
Meanwhile, M40 recipients registered in the LHDN database will receive the payments in their bank accounts registered with the LHDN.
Those without bank accounts, or with inactive or closed bank account can claim in cash at Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN).
For rural folk in Sabah and Sarawak without bank accounts, disbursement will be done via an unspecified alternative method in January 2021.
Do I need to apply?
Eligible recipients, similarly with the first BPN initiative, do not need to apply for the aid at all. B40 households and individuals who receive Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) do not need to apply as they are already in the BSH database.
Likewise, registered taxpayers with the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) do not need to apply.
I’m eligible but never received BPN, what do I do?
To check if you qualify for the scheme, you can head over to the official BPN portal starting 15 October 2020.
For more info
For more information, you can reach the Ministry of Finance at:
- B40/BSH – 03-88824565, 03-8824566 | BSH Hotline LHDNM: 1-800-88-2747 (BSH) | email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hotline – 03-88829089, 03-88829087, 03-88829191
- email email@example.com | Telegram: Pre Prihatin | Facebook
If you have more questions, you can refer to the official FAQ.
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