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By Nancy Nais
KUCHING, June 23: About 12,449 persons with disabilities (OKU) and 8,057 single mothers in Sarawak will receive the RM300 one-off assistance under the National Economic Recovery Plan (Penjana).
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on June 5, announced that OKU and single mothers listed under the Welfare Department (JKM) were eligible to receive the assistance to ease their financial burdens during the Movement Control Order (MCO).
Assistant Minister of Women, Family and Childhood Development Rosey Yunus in a press conference today said: “Applicants under the single mother special aid (BKIT) may now apply for it and I encourage them to do so, as soon as possible. Single mothers who are not recipients under JKM may also apply for this aid. The dateline is Oct 31.”
Applicants can apply online via www.jpw.gov.my. or through Welfare Department offices nationwide.
Sarawakians may also apply through the state’s Ministry of Women, Family and Childhood Development.
“To apply for BKIT, applicants must be a Malaysian, residing in Malaysia, be head of household and have household income below the poverty line of RM960 per month.
“Once approved, the RM300 will be credited direct into the applicant’s bank account. An SMS will also be sent to notify the applicants of their status,” Rosey explained.
The one-off payment will be made between July and November this year.
“The ministry also accepts appeals if the application is rejected. Applicants may appeal through online means as well,” Rosey added.
Among documents needed to support the application are copies of MyKad, bank account statements, latest pay slips, marriage/divorce or death certificates, child’s birth certificate, doctor’s declaration (if needed) and letter of oath (if divorce is still being processed).
Rosey also pointed out that the assistance has shown that the government is always aware of the needs of the OKU and single mothers especially in view of the Covid-19 pandemic that has affected all sectors of society.
Meanwhile, Rosey said applicants under the OKU category need not apply for the aid as it will be automatic, following the Welfare Department’s list. — DayakDaily