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By Adrian Lim
KUCHING, March 29: The Treasury Department will set up counters in rural and remote areas of Sarawak and Sabah to facilitate the distribution of the one-off cash payment for the B40 and M40 income groups.
The Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) revealed this in a ‘frequently asked questions’ (FAQ) concerning the welfare aid for the B40 and M40 income groups under the Comprehensive Economic Stimulus Package unveiled by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin last Friday (March 27).
It revealed that the cash handout will be implemented through the opening of counters in the rural areas of Sabah and Sarawak.
It explained that the initiative will be coordinated by the Treasury Department in Sabah and Sarawak through the Ministry of Finance.
“The date and location of the setting up of the counters will be make known in due course.
“The payment of the B40 and M40 aid for recipient in rural Sabah and Sarawak will be done simultaneously with the payment of the Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) 2020,” LHDN said.
Last Friday, Muhyiddin announced that the remaining cash payment for Living Cost Aid programme known as BSH will be paid in July 2020.
In the meantime, LHDN said the distribution of cash payment for B40 group under the comprehensive economic stimulus package is in accordance to the database of BSH recipient.
As for the M40 group, it said the recipient will be from the tax fillings in LHDN’s database.
LHDN noted the payment for the B40 and M40 groups will be done in April and May.
It added those who are entitled to receive the B40 and M40 aid can check their status at LHDN’s website at http://www.hasil.gov.my starting April 1.
BSH recipients may check their status and entitlement at https://bsh.hasil.gov.my or with the Ministry of Finance’s website at https://www.treasury.gov.my.
LHDN pointed out that for new applicants who fulfill the criteria but are not listed, they need to visit the LHDN’s BSH and Ministry of Finance’s webportal to apply for it from April 1.
For new applicants who qualify, the cash payment for the aid will be credited into their accounts in May.
Meanwhile, the Finance Ministry disclosed further enquiries may be directed to the ministry via calls during office hours or through emails at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enquiries may also be forwarded to LHDN via calls during office hours at 1 800 882 747.
The ministry also reminded the public to be wary of scammers who have become emboldened by the opportunity to commit fraud against those who need such assistance. — DayakDaily