New Straits Times
8.45 million get Prihatin aid
KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 8.45 million people have started receiving payment for Phase 1 of Bantuan Prihatin Rakyat on Feb 24 involving an allocation of RM1.93 billion, Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz said.
He said Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, during his presentation of the Permai assistance package, had committed to making the payment under Phase 1 at the end of February.
Tengku Zafrul said this week had also brought good news for 110,000 e-hailing, taxi, school bus and tour bus drivers as they had started receiving Permai assistance worth RM500 per person with a total allocation of RM55 million.
The assistance was first paid on Feb 23.
In his presentation of the weekly Laksana report, Tengku Zafrul said Phase One of the government’s Wage Subsidy Programme had achieved a distribution value of RM12.76 billion, benefiting 322,177 employers and 2.64 million employees.