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Najib: Don't single people who are poor, disabled deserve aid?


Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak has questioned Putrajaya's decision to cease giving cost of living aid (BSH) to single individuals.

"Not everyone is married. Many people who are not married, are poor and live in hardship. Some are disabled.

"Do they not deserve aid? Life under Pakatan Harapan is not as it was before," Najib tweeted.

He shared a screenshot of an announcement from the Inland Revenue Board that those married to non-Malaysians, single parents without dependents, and single individuals were not eligible for BSH payouts this year.

 The BSH is a rebranding of Najib's 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) initiative.

Previously under BR1M, single individuals earning less than RM2,000 a month were entitled to a handout of RM450.

However this has been discontinued under BSH.

BSH also reduced the base payout for all recipient categories, but with additional payouts according to the number of children for the the B40 group.

Under BSH households earning RM2,000 and below will receive a payout of RM1,000, while those earning between RM2,001 and RM3,000 will receive RM750, and those earning between RM3,001 and RM4,000 will receive RM500.

B40 houseshold are entitled to an additional RM120 payout for each child aged 18 and below for up to four children. There is no cap placed for children with disabilities.

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