Originally scheduled at the end of April, Finance Minister Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz has recently announced that the first phase of payments for Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) is taking place in phases starting from today, 6 April instead.
According to the announcement, the first part of the payment which will be done in batches until 12 April covers the B40 households and single individuals that have monthly income of under RM 4,000 and RM 2,000 respectively. Those who are eligible for the financial aid will receive RM 1,000 or RM 500 through the bank account that already inside Internal Revenue Board (LHDN) records whether as a registered taxpayer or under the Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) program.
The second part of payment will take place from 13 to 15 April and covers the M40 households with monthly income of RM 4,001 to RM 8,000 as well as single individuals that have income of between RM 2,001 and RM 4,000 per month. Similarly, their RM 500 or RM 250 aid will be delivered directly to their bank accounts.
With RM 5.63 billion are heading to bank accounts from today onwards, ATMs throughout the country could be overwhelmed by people especially that the RM 1 interbank withdrawal charge has now been waived for the Movement Control Order (MCO) period. So, please remember to social distancing yourself if you decide to visit ATM today.
At the same time, please be wary of any fake messages that claimed to be an official from authorities or banks that asking for your bank details. As a rule of thumb, you should not pass your personal banking details to anyone especially to a random message like the example shown below:
This applies to messages via SMS or instant messaging apps such as WhatsApp, Telegram, WeChat, or Messenger as well as e-mails. Not to forget, be careful of phone calls as well and we couldn’t stress this enough: no authorities or bank officials for the details above from you over the phone.
As a comparison, you can see the official SMS sent by from LHDN below is purely to notify your BPN status and doesn’t request for any details:
Meanwhile, aside from social distancing at ATMs or any public areas, please don’t forget to practice good hygiene at all times. Of course, please stay home as much as you can, so that together we can help stop the spread of COVID-19.