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'Reapply for BR1M 2.0 cash aid'


KUALA LUMPUR: PEOPLE whose applications for the Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) cash aid were rejected are advised to apply for the next payout.

Deputy Finance Minister Senator Datuk Seri Dr Awang Adek Hussin said these people should reapply for BR1M 2.0, if they fulfil the application criteria.

"The registration for the second batch opened on Thursday and those who are eligible can fill up the forms that are available at the Inland Revenue Board and district offices," he said yesterday after launching the Finance Ministry's Innovation Day 2012. Also present was Treasury secretary-general Datuk Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah.

Announced on Sept 28 by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak during the 2013 Budget presentation, BR1M 2.0 is for Malaysians with a household income of less than RM3,000 a month who are are eligible for a one-off RM500 cash aid.

Eligibility was also extended to single individuals, aged 21 and above and earning less than RM2,000 a month, who will get a RM250 one-off payment.

There are 2.7 million single individuals and under the first distribution, 4.35 million out of 5.2 million applications were approved for a total payout of RM2.15 billion.

Asked about the number of applicants who were rejected or ineligible for the first BR1M handout, Awang Adek said he had no figure on this.

"We do not want to reject any application, but at the same time, we need to look at their eligibility and that the criteria are met."

Meanwhile, the MIC national youth wing will be touring the country to launch a BR1M 2.0 mass registration initiative.

Its secretary, Sivarraajh Chandran, said this would enable the government's aid to reach all those who were eligible.

"There may have been many who missed out in the first leg of the BR1M disbursement, but since much has been done to ensure all would benefit from BR1M 2.0, we will help them to sign up for the aid."

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