Due to the dire flood situation that is currently hitting Malaysia, the Malaysian government is allocating monetary assistance to affected flood victims under the Malaysian Family Flood Assistance program, with a total allocation of RM1.4 billion.
According to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob, under this initiative, four improvements for Bantuan Wang Ihsan (BWI) have been implemented, which are:
• RM1,000 is to be given to each head of household (Ketua Isi Rumah; KIR) or KIR affected by the floods
• To relocate all affected flood victims to Temporary Evacuation Centers (PPS).
• RM 10,000 to be given to the next of kin of the deceased due to flood,
• The BWI can now be claimed each time a disaster strikes, as opposed to it previously being one-off financial assistance only during the Northeast Monsoon.
So far, more than 30,000 KIRs have been registered to receive BWIs with the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA), with RM34 million already being allocated to 11 states.
"Realizing that the flood victims need immediate monetary assistance, the state government has proceeded to process the BWI payment starting December 27th and is expected to be completed this week,“ PM said.
"However, Selangor and Pahang may be a little late due to a large number of victims. For this purpose, I have instructed the relevant parties to simplify payment without any bureaucracy or without having to fill in various forms as before," he explained.