Consider automatic aid allocation to eligible seniors


KUCHING: The Ministry of Finance and Inland Revenue Broad of Malaysia (IRBM) are urged to consider automatic allocation of Bantuan Keluarga Malaysia (BKM).

Sarawak United Peoples’ Party (SUPP) Women chief Kho Teck Wan stressed that automatic allocation or any new aids of a similar nature be considered to eligible seniors who are already in the current BKM list.

“The likelihood of seniors having significant income increase resulting in them become ineligible to the financial aids are very low.

“Therefore, I urge the ministry and IRBM to forgo the need to do status update for the eligible seniors,” she said in a statement on Wednesday (Jan 12).

The current BKM status update and registration require applicants to provide e-mail address, five personal identifiable security questions, a unique passcode and login password, she said.

Kho emphasised that this would be very hard to remember especially for senior citizens who are less likely to use modern technology such as email for communication.

“Current application process and status update for BKM are too cumbersome and unfriendly to senior citizens.

“This need to be taken into consideration by the ministry and the agency to forgo the processes and requirement with the exception of new applications or bank information update,” she noted.

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