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Phase One Special Covid-19 Assistance payments to begin on Sept 6

Phase One Special Covid-19 Assistance payments to begin on Sept 6
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KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 1): Phase One payments of the Special Covid-19 Assistance (BKC) will be credited to the recipients’ accounts starting from Sept 6. 

The payments will be made in stages and are expected to be completed on Sept 10.

Announcing the matter in a statement today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said a total of RM3.1 billion had been channelled to the relevant banking institution for this purpose.

He said he had taken note of the delay in the BKC payments, which should have been implemented last month, and instructed the Ministry of Finance (MoF) to expedite the process.

“I am aware of the people’s grievances and hope that the BKC payments would at least ease their burden after being affected by Covid-19,” he said.

BKC will benefit approximately 10 million eligible recipients in the categories of hardcore poor, the bottom 40% income group (B40) and middle 40% income group (M40), as well as single individuals.

BKC is direct cash assistance meant to alleviate the cost of living and burdens faced by the people due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is part of the comprehensive assistance for the people under the National People's Well-Being and Economic Recovery Package (PEMULIH) announced in June.

Ismail Sabri said the dates for Phases Two and Three of the BKC payments will be announced by the MoF later.

“The government remains committed to ensuring the well-being of the Malaysian Family, especially the targeted groups,” he said.

Those eligible to receive BKC are the hardcore poor and B40 households or senior citizens living alone and earning below RM5,000 per month or single individuals earning below RM2,500 per month based on the Bantuan Prihatin Rakyat (BPR 2021) recipient criteria.

Meanwhile, the M40 households earning between RM5,001 and RM9,000 or single individuals earning between RM2,501 and RM5,000 are also eligible to receive BKC.

Under BKC, each eligible household in the hardcore poor category will receive RM1,300, followed by senior citizens living alone (RM500) and single individuals (RM500).

In the B40 category, each eligible household will receive RM800, followed by senior citizens living alone (RM200) and single individuals (RM200), while for those in the M40 category, each household will get RM250, followed by senior citizens living alone (RM100) and single individuals (RM100).

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