Penang expects 100,000 applicants for RM700 flood relief aid

By Opalyn Mok
Pulau Tikus assemblyman Yap Soo Huey who is coordinating the registration and disbursement of the payment said the state has received about 13,000 applications online since yesterday. — Picture by KE Ooi

GEORGE TOWN, Nov 22 ― The Penang government estimates there will be roughly 100,000 applications for its RM700 one-off flood relief cash payment.

Pulau Tikus assemblyman Yap Soo Huey who is coordinating the registration and disbursement of the payment said the state has received about 13,000 applications online since yesterday.

“Processing the applications for this payment will be a challenge for the state as we are expecting about 100,000 applications so we are urging the public to apply online as soon as possible,” she said.

The bulk of the applications to date have been from mainland Penang. Nearly half of the 13,000 or 6,000, are from central Seberang Perai alone, 3,500 from north Seberang Perai and 300 from south Seberang Perai.

On the island, 2,300 applications were from the northeast district while 1,000 were from the southwest district.

Yap said those who have registered online still need to show supporting documentations at their respective Pakatan Harapan (PH) assemblyman’s service centre or the district office for verification.

Printed application forms are also available at the respective PH assemblymen service centres and district offices, she added.

Only verified applications will be processed for payment, Yap said, explaining that funding not only came from the state purse but also from public donations.

Online applicants have until December 2 to register and must show their supporting documents for verification before December 8.

Those submitting printed application forms must submit it to the PH service centres or district offices by 5pm on December 2.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state government has already paid out the RM400 one-off payment to over 7,000 people affected by the floods on September 15.

“We hope to pay this RM700 to those affected by the November 5 floods by the end of this year, which is next month,” he said.

The state had initially announced a RM500 one-off payment for flood victims but revised it upwards to RM700.

Applications for the payment can be made at Penangbangkit.com. The website also contained the latest information on the donations collected and the programmed available to assist those affected by the flood.