SEREMBAN – The Prihatin Rakyat Aid (BPR) scheme under Budget 2021 announced by the federal government recently has come as a huge relief for many Malaysians.
Single mother Nur Shafura Abd Rahim, 36 described the aid as timely and very helpful in easing her burden of managing her family’s living expenses.
The former manager of a construction company in Kuala Lumpur who had no source of income after losing her job a month ago due to COVID-19 said she was very grateful upon learning that she would be receiving such assistance from the government.
“Alhamdulillah, the government has done a lot to help ease the burden of the people especially those who have lost their jobs recently.
“BPR will help ease my financial burden, to some extent,” said Nur Shafura who has been caring for her two children aged three and 10 after separating from her husband two years ago.
Under Budget 2021, apart from BPR, Nur Shafura will also enjoy targeted Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) Account 1 withdrawal facility of RM500 per month up to a maximum of RM6,000 for 12 months.
She will also be receiving the Job Search Allowance under the Employment Insurance System (SIP) which will be extended by three months for next year.
Nur Shafura is eligible to receive a telecommunication credit worth RM180 under the Jaringan PRIHATIN programme which was introduced to alleviate the financial burden of the B40 group in accessing internet services.
These are among the assistance under Budget 2021 that will be received by the single mother, just like ‘Mr. Kevin’ who was mentioned by Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz when tabling the budget on Nov 6.
“Mr. Kevin who has two children have just lost his job and was earning a household income of RM3,500 will be in the B40 category.
“He is eligible to receive Bantuan Prihatin Rakyat, EPF withdrawal scheme, Bantuan Pembayaran Bersasar, extension of Employment Insurance Scheme and Jaringan Prihatin. Mr. Kevin will be receiving benefits amounting to RM15,600 for the year,” Tengku Zafrul said