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Over 8,000 flood victims in Selangor yet to receive govt aid

Selangor MB Amirudin Shari says applications of more than 10 times the number of heads of households at relief centres were received.

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A total of 8,395 recipients have yet to receive the Bantuan Selangor Bangkit (BSB) assistance allocated by the state government for victims of the massive floods that hit the state at the end of last year, says Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari.

He said the Klang district had the highest number of recipients who had not received the aid at 7,236 people, followed by Kuala Langat (530), Petaling (348), Sepang (223), Kuala Selangor (56) and Gombak (two).

Meanwhile, aid has been fully chanelled in the districts of Hulu Langat, Sabak Bernam and Hulu Selangor.

“As of March 14, the state government had approved and channelled BSB payments to 118,110 families involving an allocation of RM118.11 million. Meanwhile, out of 25 fatalities, the families of 14 of them were eligible to receive BSB assistance,” he said at the state assembly sitting today.

He said a total of RM132.628 million in BSB assistance had been channelled to all land and district offices with the balance of the allocation so far standing at RM14.378 million.

He was responding to Azmizam Zaman Huri (PH-Port Klang) who asked whether the BSB had been paid to all flood victims.

He said a total of 2,942 applications were rejected because they did not meet the criteria with some of the applications found to be overlapping while 300 applications were still under review.

Amirudin said all payments were expected to be settled by March 31 while payments in arrears as well as appeal applications will be processed until April 30.

“Now we no longer organise the handing over of payments at halls, so the remaining recipients will be contacted directly and we will make remittances into their accounts via electronic funds transfer,” he said.

To Azmizam’s question on what action would be taken against individuals who make false BSB claims, Amirudin said action would be taken after all BSB payments are completed on March 31.

He also said that the reason for the delay in the payment of the assistance was because the state government received a high number of applications, more than 10 times the number of heads of households moved to temporary evacuation centres.

“Besides that, there were overlapping applications which required verification, and we had to arrange and coordinate finances because the state government channelled the BSB together with compassionate aid money from the federal government,” he said.

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