600,000 BR1M ap­pli­ca­tions re­jected

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Some 600,000 who earn more than RM4,000 monthly and, con­se­quently, are in­el­i­gi­ble for 1Malaysia Peo­ple’s Aid (BR1M), ap­plied for it last year, said Sec­ond Fi­nance Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Jo­hari Ab­dul Ghani.

He said sev­eral thou­sands who earn a monthly in­come of be­tween RM8,000 and RM12,000 had also ap­plied for the fi­nan­cial aid scheme.

“We re­jected 600,000 ap­pli­cants be­cause their salaries were more than RM4,000 (a month). Some earn­ing RM12,000 a month also ap­plied,” he said at Par­lia­ment lobby here yes­ter­day.

He said at least 300,000 who earned more than RM5,000 and 260,000 who earned up to RM5,000 had also ap­plied for BR1M.

Jo­hari said the ap­pli­ca­tions of 40,000 in­di­vid­u­als were re­jected when it was dis­cov­ered that they were earn­ing monthly salaries of be­tween RM6,000 and RM8,000.

“This is the rea­son why we need fur­ther clar­i­fi­ca­tion and sup­port­ing doc­u­ments from the ap­pli­cants.

“We do not want to chan­nel the RM700 mil­lion (BR1M al­lo­ca­tion) to those who do not de­serve it.”

Un­der this year’s BR1M, RM1,200 will be dis­bursed to 3,242,048 house­holds earn­ing RM3,000 and less a month, while RM900 will be given to 291,918 house­holds earn­ing be­tween RM3,001 and RM4,000 a month.

A to­tal of 2,786,803 in­di­vid­u­als earn­ing less than RM2,000 a month will re­ceive RM450.

Jo­hari said his min­istry had in­structed the In­land Rev­enue Board (IRB) to dis­burse the cash aid to 705,562 re­cip­i­ents who qual­i­fied for BR1M last year. He said IRB would chan­nel the aid to them in stages from next week.

He said new ap­pli­cants had three months to pro­vide doc­u­men­ta­tion, in­clud­ing pay slips and bank state­ments. He de­nied claims on so­cial me­dia that those reg­is­tered with the Com­pa­nies Com­mis­sion of Malaysia (CCM) were not el­i­gi­ble for BR1M.

He said there was no need for them to re­move their names from the CCM registry.

“This has noth­ing to do with CCM as we have our own process for ver­i­fi­ca­tion. First, the Na­tional Reg­is­tra­tion De­part­ment will check if they are Malaysian, then the Em­ploy­ees Prov­i­dent Fund checks their pay slips. This will be fol­lowed by the Na­tional Au­dit De­part­ment ver­i­fy­ing their earn­ings.

“If the ap­pli­cant works in the pri­vate sec­tor, we will check with the IRB, while Re­tire­ment Fund Inc will look into pen­sion­ers’ ap­pli­ca­tions,” he said.

He said that those with house­hold in­comes of less than RM4,000 and sin­gle in­comes of less than RM2,000 were el­i­gi­ble for the cash aid.

“It does not mat­ter if ap­pli­cants are reg­is­tered with CCM. In fact, we en­cour­age low­in­come earn­ers to run their own busi­nesses and be­come en­trepreneurs.

“As long as you have a house­hold in­come of less than RM4,000, you are el­i­gi­ble for BR1M.”

Datuk Seri Jo­hari Ab­dul Ghani

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