In his special address today, prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin addressed issues with the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN)—the cash relief scheme for the B40 and M40 groups—introduced as part of the “Prihatin Rakyat” Economic Stimulus Package. Answering the plight of those who qualify for the scheme but failed to receive their relief packages, the government is extending the deadline for appeals to 31 May 2020.
The prime minister explained there are various reasons for failed or rejected applications. One of those includes incomplete applications. Some records show household or individual income that exceed the eligibility criteria. However, they may have recently lost their jobs or source of income.
There were also students who qualify for the student category and thus their applications for the individual (single) category were rejected.
In light of these issues, the finance minister has agreed to extend the deadline for appeals to 31 May 2020, which originally closed on 30 April 2020.
Starting 11 May 2020, rejected applicants can pay a visit to any Income Revenue Board (LHDN) counters to make an appeal. For states celebrating a public holiday on the day, can visit LHDN the following day.
Muhyiddin revealed that as of yesterday, the government had approved 2.3 million BPN applications, including new applications and appeals, amounting to a sum of MYR1.7 billion. To date, BPN recipients total 10.6 million, involving MYR11 billion.
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).
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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