PUTRAJAYA JUNE 22: The Bantuan Keluarga Malaysia (BKM) has allocated additional aids of RM100 for households and RM50 for the singles in the B40 group after considering the challenges in the cost of living and the increase in the prices of food commodities recently.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said, the BKM phase 2 additional payments have incurred RM1.11 billion with every BKM recipient will receive RM400 depending on the category and qualification.
“Every BKM recipient could receive until RM500 depending on category and qualification and it is a direct cash money aid that has been announced in Budget 2022 for the benefit of B40 group.
“Currently 8.6 million recipients have been approved for payments with a household receiving until RM2, 500 in year 2022. So far this is the highest amount that has been allocated by the government for such aids,” Ismail said in his speech in RTM1 live telecast here today.
The Prime Minister added, the additional cash payment made together with the BKM Phase 2, has incurred an additional allocation of RM630 million. The payments will benefit 8.6 million recipients involving four million households and 1.2 million senior citizens (single/without partner).
Ismail emphasized that each qualified recipient will receive the payment in stages starting from 27th June 2022 (Monday) involving RM1.74 billion. These payments will lessen the financial burden of the B40 group to celebrate Aidildha soon. The payment status could be viewed starting 27th June via https://bkm.hasil.gov.my.
In another development the Prime Minister said, the government had decided to stop the bottled cooking oil subsidy starting from 1st July 2022 as the initial objective was to help the affected group in the COVID-19 pandemic.
“For such reason, only the subsidy for packed cooking oil will be continued and the government is confident that the supply of 60,000 metric tonne a month is sufficient for the consumption of the Malaysian Family,” Ismail said.
According to Ismail, the temporary subsidy programme for the bottled cooking oil for 1 kg.2 kg.3 kg and 5 kg. in August 2021 was only for three months and had incurred RM55 million every month.
However Ismail stressed that the government had detected the subsidised bottled cooking oil had been “swindled” by industries, commercial and smuggling activities. –Malaysia World News