Stricter conditions for aid meant to ‘whiten’ BR1M list of candidates

Deputy Finance Minister Amiruddin Hamzah. (Bernama pic)

JITRA: The requirements for the 2019 Cost of Living Aid (BSH), which are considered more stringent by some quarters, are not aimed at reducing the number of recipients but merely to ensure only those who are eligible enjoy the benefit.

Deputy Finance Minister Amiruddin Hamzah said the conditions were imposed as a process of “whitening the list” of 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) as well as to prevent parties from taking advantage of the assistance.

“Basically, we want to ensure the conditions are met and adhered to.

“I wish to stress that the requirements are not meant to reduce the number of recipients but to ensure all eligible parties receive the benefit.

“The people should not be upset as the government is listening to their voices and grievances.

“If we could find another easier way, we would do it,” he told reporters after officiating the closing of Taman Pulasan Rukun Tetangga Fun Ride here today.

Amiruddin was commenting on allegations that the government deliberately wanted to reduce the number of BSH recipients by imposing stringent conditions, including the need to produce a marriage certificate, for applications under the household category.

Amiruddin, who is also Kubang Pasu MP, said if the conditions were found to be too troublesome, the ministry would look into another easier approach.

“We do not intend to make it so difficult that even eligible recipients are disqualified,” he said.

He also called on community leaders, including the Village Community Management Council (MPKK), to go to the ground to assist applicants, especially senior citizens, in completing the documents.

“I would like to urge various community institutions, such as surau committee members or even resident associations, to assist senior citizens to fill up the forms,” he said.

Meanwhile, in another development, Amiruddin said the amount of assistance under the single people category was being discussed for the next phase.

“After receiving complaints, the government has reconsidered and will provide RM100 as a start.

“The Cabinet will review this amount of aid,” he said.