PUTRAJAYA: The registration for the second batch of Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M 2.0) opened yesterday to good response from the public.
Finance Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah said registration could be done online and through forms available at the Inland Revenue Board and district offices.
"The response has been very good, but it is still too early to gauge its success as it is only the first day," he said at the launch of the Inland Revenue Board Call Centre Hotline.
Malaysians with a household income of less than RM3,000 a month are eligible for the one-off RM500 cash aid, while single unmarried individuals aged 21 and above and earning not more than RM2,000 a month are eligible for the RM250 aid. The government expects to disburse the first tranche of the Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia (BR1M 2.0) cash aid in January next year.
Under the first distribution, the government approved 4.35 million out of 5.2 million applications, with a total of RM2.15 billion given out under the first scheme.
The move to make the application online was also well received by members of the public.
Nor Suhailah Misbah, 25, said the online application made the process easier and faster for her and her siblings.
"It can be done from home or at work and it helps prevent the hassle of manual application," she said.
The Johor Baru lass said the RM250 aid was a positive move as it would help those who are starting work to get on their feet.
For Aidil Ismail, 27, a part-time administrative assistant said the online process was especially popular among the younger generation.
He also said the cash aid would help him in his part time studies and also allow him to send a bit of money to his family in Terengganu.
Inland Revenue Board assistant officer Mohd Salfarizan Mohamed Salleh said they had received more than 100 applicants that came in to fill the forms manually yesterday.
He said the counters are open from 9am to 5pm daily and applications can be made manually or online until Dec 31.