Malaysia Covid-19 Government Assistance for Individuals & Households

Covid-19 Malaysian Government
Assistance & Aid

Covid-19 Government Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package
Bantuan Prihatan Nasional
(announced on September 30, 2020)

 

Latest update

Additional Aid announced on September 23, 2020

Kita Prihatin BPN 2.0.

Additional assistance under the RM10 billion PRIHATIN Supplementary Initiative Package (KITA PRIHATIN)

Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) 2.0 

  • allocate RM7bil in cash aid under Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) 2.0

    • RM1,000 each for 3.7 million families in the B40 category 

    • RM500 each for 3.8 million singles in the B40 group 

    • RM600 each for 1.4 million M40 families

    • RM300 each for 1.7 million singles in the M40 group

  • The payments would be made in two batches – one at the end of October this year and another in January next year.

  • The B40 families will receive RM700 each in October and RM300 each in January.

  • no need to apply for the BPN 2.0. The government will channel aid directly to the 10.6 million recipients who have been approved previously.

  • Those who are eligible but never received the BPN, the government will give a chance to appeal and make new applications.

Covid-19 Government Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package
Cash-Aid
(announced on March 27, 2020)
Still updating.....

A. Bantuan Prihatan Nasional

Bantuan Prihatin Nasional, a one-off cash assistance with an allocation of RM10 billion

A total allocation of RM10 billion to give a one-off cash payment to B40 & M40 households, self-employed workers, employees in the private sector, FELDA settlers, farmers, fishermen and small traders who earn less than RM8,000 a month.

The amount of cash-aid to be distributed will be in accordance with the recipient's income level.

Households

  • RM1,600 for households earning RM4,000 and below (1st payment = RM1,000; 2nd payment = RM600)

  • RM1,000 for households earning RM4,001 – RM8,000 (1st payment = RM500; 2nd payment = RM500)

 

Single individuals 21 years and above

  • RM800 to single individuals earning RM2,000 and below (1st payment = RM500; 2nd payment = RM500)

  • RM500 to single individuals earning RM2,001 - RM4,000 (1st payment = RM250; 2nd payment = RM250)

 

Students

RM200 per student in higher education.

 

Payment

The aids will be paid in two tranches: the first will be paid out in April, and the second round in May

B.Cash-Aid for Other Individuals

Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) Enhancement

The balance of the ongoing Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) payments amounting to RM3.2 billion will be paid out in July.

The Government will

i) bring forward BSH payment of RM200 scheduled by May 2020 to be paid in March 2020;

ii) additional one-off cash payment of RM100 will be made to all BSH recipients in May 2020; and

iii) a further RM50 will be subsequently channelled through e-tunai.

Frontliners Allowance

  • The monthly special allowance of RM400 for doctors, nurses, and medical personnel will now be increased to RM600 per person, starting from 1 April 2020 until the end of the pandemic. 

  • Monthly RM200 special allowance a month for other front liners namely military, police, customs, civil defence and RELA members who are directly involved in enforcing the MCO. This allowance will also be paid beginning 1 April 2020 until the COVID-19 outbreak ends.

E-hailing drivers

RM500 one-off payment to 120,000 e-hailing drivers beginning April 1. This is in addition to the RM600 one-off aid announced for taxi drivers that was announced in the previous stimulus package.

Civil servants

  • RM500 one-off payment to 1.5 million civil servants of grade 56 and below, including contract workers. The payment will be made in April 2020.

  • RM500 one-off payment to 850,000 government pensioners. The payment will be made in April 2020.

One-off Payment for Tourism-related Workers

A one-off cash incentive of RM600 in April 2020 to taxi
drivers, tour bus drivers, tour guides and trishaw drivers who are active and registered since 31 December 2019.

C. Wage Subsidy Programme 

Workers of Government contractors

Govt will pay the salaries borne by contractors involved in the service sector, such as cleaning services and supply of cooked food in government agencies.

Workers of Affected Businesses

Wage subsidy of RM600 a month for three months for employers with a 50% drop in business since Jan 1, for workers with a salary of below RM4,000.

Covid-19 Government Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package
Increase Disposable Income
(announced on March 27, 2020)
Still updating.....

  • I-Lestari Programme, Employees Provident Fund (EPF) allows members to apply for the i-Lestari Account 2 Withdrawal Scheme to with upto RM500 amonth beginning 1 April 2020. I-Lestari Programme FAQ >

  • Investees in Private Retirement Scheme (PRS) are allowed pre- retirement withdrawals from account B up to RM1,500 per member without any tax penalties between April and December 2020.

Covid-19 Government Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package
Housing & Utility Subsidies
(announced on March 27, 2020)
Still updating.....

  • Exemption of rental payment for Projek Perumahan Rakyat (PPR) and Perumahan Awam for six months.

  • The rent-to-own (RTO) PPR units a 6-month rent moratorium effective April 2020.

  • Free Internet from April onwards until the end of MCO

  • A tiered-discount based on electricity usage with a maximum limit of 600 kilowatt per month for the tourism sector. This discount will be valid for 6 months beginning with bills charged for the month of April 2020. 

    • 50% for below 200 kilowatts;

    • 25% for consumption between 201 – 300 kilowatts; 

    • 15% for 301 – 600 kilowatts.

 

  • 2% discount domestic consumers

  • Tenaga Nasional Bhd (TNB) has pledged RM150 million to enhance government announced discounts.

    • 50% for below 200kWh

    • 50% for 201 - 300kWh

    • 15% for 301 - 600kWh

Malaysia NADMA Covid-19 Government Assistance 

(National Disaster Management Agency/Agensi Pengurusan Bencana Negara)

Programme Brief

Assistance: RM100 per day financial aid for lost of income
Income Group: All employed and working Malaysians 
Target Group: Malaysians who lose their jobs or income

during the Movement Control Order period or due to treatment for Covid-19 at the hospital
 

Contacts

Ministry: Jabatan Perdana Menteri 
Agency: National Disaster Management Agency
Website: http://www.nadma.gov.my/
Mailing address : Aras B1, 6 & 7, Blok D5, Kompleks D Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan, 62502 Putrajaya, Malaysia.
Telephone: +603 8870 4800

What are myBenefits? 
The benefits of the programme

Eligible applicants will receive RM100 per day during the Movement Control Order period and for those being treated for Covid-19 at the MoH approved hospitals, for the entire treatment duration. 

Who can apply? 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Malaysian citizen.

  • Malaysians who lose their jobs or income during the Movement Control Order period

    • during the Movement Control Order period

    • due to treatment for Covid-19 at the hospital

Who cannot apply? 

  • Non-Malaysian citizen.

  • Unemployed Malaysians 

  • Employed and still receive income during treatment for Covid-19 at the hospital

The Covid-19 Government Economic Stimulus Package for
Prepare for High Unemployment
(announced on  February 27, 2020)

 

Prepare for High Unemployment

Employment Insurance System (EIS) fund will relax the eligibility criteria for retrenched workers from affected sectors by waiving the minimum requirement of three (3) months contribution.


EIS will be enhanced by increasing the training fee ceiling from RM4,000 to RM6,000 and provide trainees with a training allowance of RM30 per day.

 

The Government will provide HRDF with a matching grant of RM100 million on a one to one basis to train and reskill retrenched workers from sectors affected by COVID-19, which include hotels, tourism and retail, electrical and electronic and automotive manufacturing.

The Government will provide RM50 million to provide a subsidy towards financing short courses, particularly in digital skills. Such courses, include those provided through online means in fields such as coding, digital marketing and data science. 


The Government will provide an allocation of RM20 million to fund short courses conducted by the 13 state skills development centres (SSDC). The funding will focus on TVET skills training and benefit more than 1,600 trainees working with manufacturing companies.

Summary of Assistance for affected individuals

Cash Aid

  • One-off payment of RM600 to registered taxi and tour bus drivers, tour guides and trishaw riders.

  • Payment of RM200 to all Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) recipients scheduled for May 2020 will be brought forward to March 2020

  • An additional RM100 will be paid into the bank accounts of all BSH recipients in May 2020. Subsequently, an additional RM50 will be channelled in the form of e-tunai.

Increase Disposable Income

  • Six-month deferment period for National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loan repayments involving up to RM750 million in collection.

  • Local banks to offer a moratorium on, or deferment of, loan/ financing repayments for up to six months to individual borrowers and SMEs.

  • Flexibility of the postponement to defer credit card repayments from April 1 to Dec 31, 2020.

 

  • Grants of RM1,000 to 10,000 local entrepreneurs to promote sale of their products on e-commerce platforms.

  • Malaysians aged 55 and below are eligible to withdraw a maximum of RM500 monthly from their EPF Account Two for a period over 12 months

Reskilling for the Unemployed

  • Matching grants worth up to RM100 million channelled to Human Resource Development Fund to fund an additional 40,000 employees from the tourism and other affected sectors.

  • RM50 million to subsidise short courses in digital skills and highly skilled courses which will benefit 100,000 Malaysians.

 

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The Covid-19 Government Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package
(announced on March 27, 2020)

 

Ministry of Finance Prihatin Website >

https://pre2020.treasury.gov.my/en/

Summary

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced a RM250 billion People-Centric Economic Stimulus package (Prihatin) which will benefit all segments of the society.

  • RM128 billion for the people’s welfare

  • RM100 billion to support businesses, including Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

  • RM20 billion has been announced in the earlier stimulus package

Healthcare Aid

  • RM500 million allocation for the Health Ministry to ramp up its resources. 

  • RM1 billion will be allocated to the purchase of equipment and services to combat Covid-19

 

  • RM2 billion to strengthening the country's economy

  • RM10 billion cash aid for the lower-income B40 and middle-income M40 groups

RM20 billion has been announced in the earlier stimulus package

Announced on March 23.2020

  • RM130mil will be distributed equally to all states 

  • RM600mil for the Health Ministry for the purchase of equipment and to hire contract staff

  • Employees Provident Fund contributors aged below 55, can withdraw RM500 for up to 12 months.

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