388,801 households have benefitted from “Bakul Prihatin Negara” amidst COVID-19 pandemic – Mohd. Zuki

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PUTRAJAYA AUG.21: A total of 110,174 recipients of the “Bakul Prihatin Negara” (BPN) have extended the benefits to 388,801 households nationwide and they are part of 453,039 applicants as of 20th August 2021.

Chief Secretary to the Government of Malaysia, Tan Sri Mohd. Zuki Ali said, the BPN recipients had made applications through Talian 2 Kasih, Operation Room Social Welfare Department via walk-in with reference to the local leaders and via Google Form.

Mohd. Zuki said, the BPN is an added value to the “Food Basket Aid Programme” that has been implemented by the government as an initiative of “Prihatin Rakyat” announced earlier under the Economic Protection and Malaysian People (PERMAI) and People’s Protection Plan and Economic Recovery (PEMULIH) that benefitted 9.2 million people that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic since March 2020.

“The government’s care and awareness towards the people’s lives that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic has been realised by continuously distributing the “Bakul Prihatin Negara” that is a strategic cooperation with the concept “Whole of Society” involving the government and corporate companies with the aid deliveries implemented by 18,752 “Prihatin Negara Volunteer Squad,” Mohd. Zuki said in a statement here today.

Mohd. Zuki said that after observing the distribution of the BPN that is being monitored by the Social Welfare Department. Also present was the Chief Secretary of the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, (KPWKM) Dr. Maziah Che Yusoff.

Mohd. Zuki added, the BPN initiative was mooted by the former Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s and launched on 15th July 2021 as a proactive feedback towards the people who were in need of help due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The awareness of corporate companies such as PETRONAS, AEON (CO), Pharmaniaga, Tenaga Nasional Berhad, Telekom Malaysia and Yayasan Sime Darby that have come forward to give aids to the people affected by the COVID-19 is very much appreciated and hope other companies will also contribute to the programme.

“Contributions from the corporate sectors to the BPN programme should be channelled through Yayasan Kebajikan Negara (YKN) under KPWKM,” Mohd. Zuki said. –Malaysia World News

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