KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 1.3 million civil servants will receive a one-month bonus in addition to the half-month bonus given to them during the last Hari Raya while pensioners will get RM500.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, when tabling the 2013 budget, said half of the one-month bonus would be paid in December and the rest in January.
The government had in August given a bonus of a half-month salary or minimum of RM500 to civil servants as well as RM500 to pensioners for Aidilfitri.
Najib said it was hoped that the bonus would reduce the burden on civil servants, especially families, at the beginning of the next school year.
The prime minister also announced the distribution of the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) for the second time, but extended it to also cover a payment of RM250 to single unmarried individuals aged 21 and above and earning not more than RM2,000 a month.
BR1M was first given out under Budget 2012, involving a payment of RM500 to households earning less than RM3,000 per month.
Najib said the RM3 billion allocation to be paid out early next year under BR1M 2.0 would benefit 4.3 million households and 2.7 million single unmarried individuals.
To facilitate the implementation, existing BR1M recipients were not required to register for the second time, while new applicants could register beginning November online or at the counters of state development offices, district offices and Inland Revenue Board offices nationwide.
The first payout under BR1M benefited 4.3 million households and involved a government allocation of almost RM2.16 billion.
Apart from BR1M, the government has introduced several measures to ease the burden of the people such as Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M) and 1Malaysia Book Voucher (BB1M).
The prime minister said the government would allocate RM386 million to open 57 KR1M in Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan to ensure that essential goods were sold at lower prices there.
He said that generally the prices of essential goods in Sabah and Sarawak were higher than in the peninsula due to the high cost of delivery and distribution.
“To reduce the costs and prices of goods, the government has introduced various initiatives, including the price uniformity programme, provision of transport subsidy as well as opening of KR1M,” he said.
The government will also bear the cost of delivering products from peninsular Malaysia to Sabah, Sarawak, including the interior areas.
Said Najib: “For example in Ba’Kelalan, Sarawak, the price of a 14 kg cylinder of cooking gas is sold at RM70. With the price uniformity programme, the cooking gas can be purchased for only RM26.60.”
Najib also said that the BB1M programme will continue to be implemented for pre-university students and those in institutions of higher learning, with an addition of RM50 to RM250. This will benefit 1.3 million students. — Bernama