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PM: Malaysia to spend RM1.4b for flood relief

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob speaks to the media after a Keluarga Malaysia gotong-royong programme in Hulu Langat, December 26, 2021. — Bernama pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 29 — The government will ensure the distribution of all aid and assistance meant for flood victims to be implemented in a comprehensive and effective manner under the Keluarga Malaysia Flood Aid initiative with a total allocation of RM1.4 billion.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob under the initiative, the government has also made several improvements in relation to the compassionate aid (BWI) which includes RM1,000 for every head of household (KIR) affected by floods even if they were not evacuated to relief centres.

“Also provided is RM10,000 to next-of-kin of flood victims who perished in floods. Now, the victims can also apply for the BWI every time a disaster strikes and not just once during the North-east monsoon as before.

“Realising that the flood victims are in dire need of cash, the state governments have begun making BWI payments from December 27 and the distribution of the aid is expected to complete by end of this week,” he said in a statement today.

However, he said the distribution of BWI in Selangor and Pahang might take a while as it involved a large number of victims.

“For this, I have instructed the relevant quarters to cut the red tape and ease the BWI payments to the victims without having to fill in numerous forms as practised before,” he said. — Bernama

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