KUALA LUMPUR: In 2016, the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) assistance for households with monthly income of RM3,000 and below, will be increased from RM950 to RM1,000.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, when tabling Budget 2016 at the Dewan Rakyat here today, said the BR1M assistance for households with monthly income between RM3,001 and RM4,000, would be raised from RM750 to RM800.
Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said for single individuals aged 21 and above with monthly income not exceeding RM2,000, the assistance would be increased from RM350 to RM400.
He said a new category would also be introduced for all participants in the e-Kasih database, with monthly income below RM1,000, who would now receive BR1M of RM1,050, while the Bereavement Scheme of RM1,000 would be continued.
"In aggregate, BR1M assistance is expected to benefit 4.7 million households and 2.7 million single individuals with an allocation of RM5.9 billion," he said.
Najib said the BR1M would be continued to fulfill the pledge of reducing the cost of living of the people.
"I know that there are parties who feel that BR1M should not be continued.
However, from feedback that I have received