ONE-OFF RM500 FOR SOME 900K MALAYSIANS WHO LOST THEIR JOBS – IS THIS ANYWHERE NEAR ENOUGH? – INDEED ISMAIL SABRI MUST BE JOKING – EVEN AS HE CLEARS PKR FROG LARRY SNG FOR CUSHY, TOPMOST JOB AS MPOC’S NEW CHAIRMAN

PM announces RM500 aid for over 800k who lost income this year

Some 870,000 Malaysians who lost their source of income this year will be eligible for a one-off assistance of RM500, according to Prime Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob.

He said the Bantuan Kehilangan Pendapatan (BKP) will be channelled to eligible recipients beginning tomorrow (Oct 26).

“This assistance involves RM434 million to ensure the wellbeing of Keluarga Malaysia.

“The BKP will be given to workers who lost their source of income based on Employees Providence Fund (EPF) and Social Security Organisation (Socso) data this year,” he said in a statement.

Ismail Sabri said recipients can check their approval status on the BKP website starting tomorrow.

“Hopefully, this assistance and other cash assistance provided by the government will help to relieve financial burdens faced by Keluarga Malaysia during these challenging times,” he added.

His announcement today comes ahead of the Budget 2022 tabling in Parliament on Friday.

Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Abdul Aziz previously said the upcoming budget, tabled as Malaysia prepares itself for recovery from Covid-19 restrictions, will be expansionary.

He said the budget will lay the foundations for the government’s wider and longer-term reform efforts with sustainability continuing to be a major focus. MKINI

MP who quit PKR appointed MPOC chair

Julau MP Larry Sng has been appointed as the new Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) chairperson.

The MPOC announced the appointment in a congratulatory message on Facebook.

“The staff and management at MPOC would like to wish a heartfelt congratulations to Larry Sng Wei Shien on his appointment as the chairperson of the Malaysian Palm Oil Council,” it said.

Sng (above) had in February quit PKR to become an independent MP aligned to the PN-led government under the leadership of then prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin.

His departure coincided with that of two other MPs who quit the party, namely Kuala Langat MP Dr Xavier Jayakumar and Tebrau MP Steven Choong.

All three also backed Umno’s Ismail Sabri Yaakob as the new prime minister after Muhyiddin, who is the Bersatu president, lost his majority.

Prior to Sng’s defection, Sarawak PKR was already dismantled with the departure of several key leaders, including its chief Baru Bian, who is also the Selangau MP.

Baru, however, joined Parti Sarawak Bersatu (PSB) and remained in the opposition. mkini

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