KUALA LUMPUR: ABOUT 6,000 Kepong residents recently received their vouchers from the second round of 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M 2.0) on the first day of distribution.

The distribution for the first batch took up to three days, with 11,518 second-time recipients getting vouchers of either RM500 or RM250.

“New applicants will receive their aid in the second and third batches which will be given out by Feb 28,” said Kepong Barisan Nasional coordinating chairman, Wilson Lau, at SKJ (C) Jinjang Selatan, here.

With the increase to 30,000 from last year’s 23,000 recipients, Lau said he has received many positive responses.

“The people know that the government listens and understands their needs. Some have come forward to ask if the government could increase the cash aid as living in the city is costly,” he said, adding that he would convey that request to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Lau was also pleased to find the recipients arriving in an orderly manner and following instructions which allowed all parties to engage in the proceedings smoothly.

Grandmother Lim Yok Kee, 64, said that BR1M was a blessing for her family as they could use the RM500 cash aid for Chinese New Year preparations.

Restaurant staff Roslinda Abu Bakar, 38, is a mother of four children between 3 and 15 years old.

“My salary is not enough to send my children, who will sit for PMR and UPSR this year, to tuition classes. I am very thankful for this government aid because now my children will have better opportunities in their studies,” she said.

Nagarani Vishnutheran, 28, thanked the Prime Minister for helping the low-income group, especially the Indians, in Kepong.

“I hope everyone will not be wasteful and use this aid wisely,” she said.