KUALA LUMPUR: Putrajaya will look into topping up the salaries of singles, notably the bottom 40 (B40) youths, hired by the private sector, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said this could encourage employment, ensure a higher take-home pay for the affected group and boost economic growth.
If the proposal is put in place, these individuals will no longer get the RM100 given under the one-off Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH).
“Aside from creating business opportunities to ensure that the private sector hires those who are from the B40 group, I would also like to propose a scheme to top up their income. I would call it the income supplement scheme.
“The government can look into whether it can supplement the income, to encourage private sector employers to hire these workers,” he said during question time in the Dewan Rakyat.
However, Lim said the implementation of such a scheme would depend on the country’s financial capability.
Lim was replying to a supplementary question from Ikmal Hisham Abdul Aziz (PH-Tanah Merah), who asked whether the government intends to get various agencies to help singles generate sufficient income, instead of relying on the BSH.
To Ikmal’s initial question, Lim said the government had agreed to make payments of RM100 to each registered individual under the singles category in the BSH 2018 database.
Lim said the payments will be made at the end of the month and will be deposited into their bank accounts.
“These payments will benefit more than three million individuals, involving an allocation of close to RM300 million.
“I need to stress that this payment is an initial payment, and the subsequent payment will be reviewed and tabled to the Cabinet for a decision,” he said.
Lim added that 1.2 million students in private and public institutions of higher learning are receiving aid of RM100 each.