A total of 6.8 million applications for the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) 2014 have been approved as at May 31, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Ahmad Maslan said.

Of the total, he said 4.5 million were households recipients, while the remaining 2.3 million were unmarried recipients, involving a total allocation of RM3.6 billion.

“The number of recipients is expected to increase further as appeals received before May 31 are still being processes by the Inland Revenue Board (IRB),” he said in reply to Senator Mohd Khalid Ahmad at the Dewan Negara sitting here today.

Mohd Khalid had wanted to know whether the government was planning to change the cash aid to a suitable form of aid, such as food stamp.

Ahmad said the government was still looking for the best suitable method to ensure that the aid would be channeled only to those who really deserved it, including at the proposal to introduce food stamp.

However, the deputy minister said any changes and improvement of BR1M would be announced during the tabling of the 2015 Budget.

Based on the statistics, he said Selangor recorded the highest number of BR1M 2014 recipients at 925,000 or 13.8 per cent of the total recipients, involving an allocation of RM470 million, followed by Johor with 798,000 recipients (11.91 per cent) and an allocation of RM413 million and Sarawak with 652,000 recipients (9.7 per cent) and an allocation of RM350 million.