PETALING JAYA: Almost RM 4.7 billion in direct cash transfers would have been disbursed to 8.4 million Malaysians by the time the second phase of Bantuan Prihatin Rakyat (BPR) is completed.
Paying for the second phase, which begins today, would involve an allocation of RM2.75 billion, the finance ministry said in the 52nd Laksana report.
Previously, between February 24 and April 1, a total of RM 1.93 billion was paid out to beneficiaries under the first phase of the BPR.
In addition to cash transfers, BPR beneficiaries will also receive benefits related to Internet access or mobile gadgets worth RM3.5 billion under the Jaringan Prihatin program.
The Laksana report also mentioned that around 404,000 vulnerable Malaysians, including children from poor families, the elderly and the disabled, had received monthly aid worth over RM 500 million as of April 22.
“In terms of monthly aid to children and people with disabilities, as part of the first goal of the People’s Well-being Vision in the 2021 budget, the second strategy to achieve this goal is to preserve the well-being of people vulnerable.
“Through this strategy, the government has committed to increasing the monthly rate of assistance to disabled people unable to work, to the elderly, to care for the disabled and chronically ill, to the allowance rate for disabled workers as well. than helping children for poor families. involving an allocation of RM2.2bil, ”he said.
Regarding the economic sector, a total of RM 1.17 billion had been channeled to 73,567 employers as of April 23, under the Wage Subsidy Program (WSP) 2.0. The wage subsidy not only helped the companies to continue operating, but also maintained the employment of 635,748 Malaysian workers.
It should be noted that under the first round of the WSP, a total of 322,177 employers and 2.64 million employees have benefited.
“As of April 23, approved wage subsidy applications reached a value of RM12.88 billion, up slightly from last week,” according to the Laksana report.
The government has also spent to put in place skills upgrading programs to ensure Malaysians, including young people, remain competitive amid a weak labor market. As of April 23, a total of 143,004 participants had been approved to participate in the programs offered.