MyBenefits to Relief Cost of Living: Financial Assistance

Financial Aid - Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) 2018 now known as Bantuan Sara Hidup Rakyat (BSH) 2019

A Living wage for 6.67 million Malaysian households

Last updated: March 22, 2018

All information has not been verified by the relevant Ministry/Agency

What is this programme about?  

Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) is an annual living wage aid given to low-income and vulnerable households and senior citizens earning less than RM4,000 a month. Individuals earning less than RM2,000 a month are also eligible to apply.  

This financial assistance scheme, first introduced in 2012, is given to aid low-income households and individuals to help them cope with the rising cost of living.  Initially, this initiative was introduced as a form of targeted-subsidy to help recipients reduce the burden of GST.


BR1M is now given to at least half of all Malaysian households.  

The Number of Malaysians that have benefited from BR1M
BR1M amount disbursed &number of recipients from 2012 to 2017

According to the Finance Ministry, a total of 6,320,769 applications were approved for BR1M 2017. Under BR1M 2017, RM1,200 was given to each of the 3,242,048 households approved recipients (approximately half of Malaysian households) earning RM3,000 and less a month.
The government also approved applications by 291,918 lower-middle-income households earning between RM3,001 and RM4,000 a month who receives an annual amount of RM900. Low-income individuals earning less than RM2,000 a month, 2,786,803 individuals in total, received RM450 for BR1M 2017.

Amount of financial aid given under the BR1M Financial Assistance Scheme
The amount of aid given out per recipient differs according to the monthly income of the applicant.  The schedule of allocation ensures that the lowest income group, E-Kasih registered and B40 households receive the most, while individual recipients receive the least and in only one payment a year.  The amount and disbursement instalments are in the Table shown:

Other benefits for successful BR1M applicants

  • SKIM Khairat Kematian/Family Bereavement Scheme The next of kin will receive RM 1,000 in the unfortunate event. The scheme will be valid from 1st of January 2018 to 31st of December 2018.

  • Children of approved BR1M recipients are eligible for Full National Higher Education Fund (PTPTN).

When is the BR1M payment disbursed?
The cash assistance is given out to households in three instalments – in February, June and August.
The first instalment payment for BR1M 2018 started on February 26, 2018 (Monday) and will be done in stages. Those who are eligible to receive RM1,200, the lowest income group, will be paid first, followed by the rest in the second and third stages.

How is the BR1M payment disbursed?

Successful applicants receive BR1M payment via:-

  1. Bank account - Those who have presented details of their bank account will have the qualified amount credited to their bank account.

  2. Cash vouchers  - Those without bank accounts will have their approval letters and voucher posted to them.  The voucher can be cashed at any Bank Simpanan Nasional branch. In order to cash the voucher, the recipient must present (i) original myKad (ii) voucher and letter of approval

Find the closest Bank Simpanan Nasional Branch

How to Check Your BR1M Application Status

There are five ways you can check the status of your BR1M application:-

  1. MyBR1M (

  2. BR1M smartphone application (download at Play Store/App Store) 

  3. Call LHDNM at 1-800-88-2716

  4. Call MOF at 03-8882 4565/4566

  5. Go to the closest LHDNM branch 

Rejected BR1M Applications
According to the Ministry of Finance, in 2017 they rejected 600,000 BR1M applications whose salary exceeded the eligible monthly salary limit of RM4,000.  The BR1M Secretariat crosschecks with the other government ministries and agencies such as EPF and Inland Revenue Board on the information submitted by applicants.  

Some of the other common reasons for application rejection are as follows:

  • Incorrect information: (i) Information provided does not match with Jabatan Pendaftaran Negara (JPN) records (ii) Income exceeds RM4,000 according to records of other government agencies

  • Did not include information of spouse (for those who are married)

  • Both husband and wife made an application each

  • Incomplete documents as required for application

  • Recipient of Kad Diskaun Siswa 1Malaysia (KADS1M) do not qualify for BR1M 2018

  • Applicant works and resides outside of Malaysia

Appeal for Rejected BR1M Applications
If your application has been rejected, there will be a code to indicate why it was rejected in your letter of notification. Check against the Rejection Code List to find out why and what are the additional and supporting documents are required, if any, for your appeal.

Rejection Code List >


How, where and when to appeal
BR1M 2018 Appeal application date: From April 2 to May 31, 2018 
Make an appeal  to MOF at any LHDNM branches
Important: bring all the documents as required (check Rejection Code List)

What are MyBenefits?

Assistance: Annual living wage for low-income households and individuals
Income Group:

Households – monthly income less than RM4,000;

Individuals – monthly income less than RM2,000
Target Group: Low-income households and individuals
Aid amount: RM450 to RM1,200 per year paid in 3 instalments

Important Dates for BR1M 2018
Application date: Application for BR1M 2018 is closed 
Check application status: Starts February 19, 2018 
2018 Payment schedule:
1st Instalment payment started on February 26, 2018 (Monday)

2nd Instalment: June 2018

3rd Instalment: August 2018
Appeal for rejected BR1M 2018 application: From April 2 to May 31, 2018, at all LHDNM branches 


Ministry: Ministry of Finance
Agency: Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri Malaysia (Sekretariat BR1M)
Mailing address: 
Aras 6 Blok Utara, No.5 Persiaran Perdana, Precinct 2, Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan, 62592 Putrajaya.

Hotline: BR1M MOF: 03-8882 4565/03-8882 4566
Hotline: BR1M LHDNM: 1-800-88-2716
Fax:03-8882 3933

Who can apply? 

General Eligibility Criteria

(Contact ministry/agency for all other requirements, if any)

Malaysian citizen

Resident in Malaysia

Income groups

  • E-kasih registered households earning less than RM1,000 a month

  • Households earning a monthly income of less than RM4,000

  • Single individuals 21 years old and above earning less than RM2,000 a month

  • Senior citizen age 60 years and above earning less than RM4,000 a month

  • Students who are recipients of Kad Debit Diskaun Siswa 1Malaysia (KADS1M) for 2017/2018 are NOT eligible


What documents do I need for application?

The general requirement of documents needed for the application

(Contact ministry/agency for all other requirements, if any)

  • Copy of the identification document of the applicant, spouse and dependents (MyKad/MyPR/MyKAS/MyKid/Birth certificate/Passport and Visa of foreign spouse (if applicable)

  • Other supporting documents (Certificate of marriage for married couples; as for single parents – Certificate of divorce, if a spouse has passed away, certificate of death. If the applicant has a business registered with Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM), confirmation or certificate that the business has ceased operations)

  • The latest mailing address of the applicant 

  • Latest banking information (Bank account Number under the applicant’s name.  It must be an account that is permitted to receive BR1M funds. No joint name, company, loan and other accounts are allowed)

  • Completed application form

How do I to apply for BR1M?

Application process

(Contact ministry/agency to find out the procedures and processes)

Online Application
Register and apply on the official LHDNM BR1M portal


Offline using Application Form
The application form can be obtained at

  1. The official LHDNM BR1M portal Download and print.

  2. Any LHDNM branches 

  3. Pusat Khidmat Hasil (PKH) LHDNM 

  4. LHDNM located at Pusat Transformasi Bandar (UTC) 


Complete the application form, attach all required documents and send the application to one of the following:

  1. Any LHDNM branches 

  2. Pusat Khidmat Hasil (PKH) LHDNM 

  3. LHDNM located at Pusat Transformasi Bandar (UTC)

  4. Pejabat Jabatan Pembangunan Persekutuan (JPP)

  5. Pejabat Setiausaha Kerajaan Negeri (SUK)

  6. Pejabat Daerah/Pejabat Resident

Applications sent by fax or email will NOT be accepted.


News  & Updates 

Financial Aid March 10, 2018

80% 2018 BRIM recipients receive the first payment
It was reported that 80% of this year's 7.2 million BR1M 2018 successful applicants have received payments for the first instalment payment of 2018. Read more >

Financial Aid March 7, 2018

Govt considering higher BR1M for urban poor
The government is prepared to consider increasing the quantum of the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) for the urban poor where the cost of living is much higher in comparison to rural areas. Read more >