KUCHING: More than one million heads of household and single individuals in the B40 group will receive cash assistance under the Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance (BKSS 6.0) package.
Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg said for heads of household, they will get RM250 cash aid for six months while single individuals will receive a RM500 one-off payment.
“Each B40 head of household (KIR) in Sarawak will receive a cash payment of RM250 per month for a period of six months from July 31 to Dec 31, this year.
“Meanwhile, Sarawak B40 single individuals aged 21 and above will receive a cash payment of RM500 on a one-off basis from Aug 31.
“The list of aid recipients is based on all previous BKSS B40 recipient data including the list of Bantuan Prihatin Rakyat (BPR) 2021 recipients,” he told a press conference here today.
Abang Johari said payments would be credited to their respective bank accounts and for those who do not have a bank account, they can claim the payment from any Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) branch.
“This measure will involve the Sarawak government’s expenditure of RM970 million and will benefit more than one million recipients,” he said.
Last year August, the Economic Planning Unit (EPU) under the Sarawak Chief Minister’s Department said the total number of recipients of the B40 aid was over 780,000.
The B40 recipients comprise 369,139 heads of household, 301,281 single individuals and 118,114 single parents without dependents.
In December last year, Abang Johari said an additional 120,000 recipients benefitted from the B40 aid. He said this group were those who had missed out on the earlier phases of the cash aid payment.
Similarly, under the BKSS scheme announced last year, B40 heads of household received RM250 in monthly aid for six months, while single individuals and single parents without dependents received a one-off payment of RM500.