One-off RM500 cash assistance to be paid in January

The one-off RM500 cash aid to families earnings RM3,000 a month and below will be paid in January, said Second Finance Minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah.

The one-month registration for eligible applicants would begin from Dec 10. He said free application forms can be obtained from the Federal Development Department and its branch offices, Inland Revenue Board (IRB) service counters and state agencies.

Completed forms should be submitted together with a copy of the identity card to the Federal and State Development Department, selected schools and IRB branch offices, he said in a statement today.

Ahmad Husni said the one-off payment would benefit 5.2 million or 79.5 per cent of total households in the country.

“This assistance involves an allocation of RM2.6 billion,” he added.

This unprecedented measure reflects the government’s commitment to reduce the impact of the increasing cost of living on the low-income group.

To be eligible, the head of each household must register with the IRB which is entrusted to implement the programme.

This assistance will be distributed through banks and post offices.

– Bernama