Sarawak B40 to get RM250 aid starting this month till Sept

KUCHING: Some 430,000 Sarawakians from the low income or B40 group will receive their Bantuan Khas Sarawakku Sayang (BKSS) monthly cash payout of RM250 starting this month.

State Secretary Datuk Amar Jaul Samion in a statement yesterday said the list of aid recipients will be based on the Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) list of recipients as of January 2020, approved by the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN).

He said for those who have registered bank accounts, the cash assistance will be deposited to their bank accounts every 15th day of the month from April until September this year, reported by The Borneo Post.

For the more than 23,000 recipients without registered bank accounts, he said the cash assistance will be channelled in two phases at State Treasury branch offices nearest to the address of the recipients.

“The first phase will be from April 15 to 30 this year, and the second phase will be from Aug 15 to 30. This (BKSS) is meant to reduce the burden of those under B40 group in facing the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Jaul said.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg on March 23 announced the RM1.15 billion Sarawakku Sayang Special Assistance Package to help Sarawakians face the economic uncertainties made worse by the pandemic.

Among the 16 measures in the aid package is the BKSS, whereby the B40 group will be provided a monthly cash payout of RM250 for six months.

On another matter, Jaul said the Sarawak government encourages Sarawakians to use Sarawak Pay when making cashless transactions during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

A homegrown mobile payment platform, Sarawak Pay has become a popular e-wallet platform among Sarawakians since its inception in Nov 2017 due to it being supported by many merchants across the state.