PM Muhyiddin announces RM69. 9m in monsoon aid for rubber smallholder, tappers
Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin waves at reporters at Risda’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur April 27, 2021. — Bernama pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, April 27 — The government has allocated RM69.9 million as Monsoon Aid (BMT) this year as a continuous effort to ensure the wellbeing of rubber smallholders and tappers in the country.

Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the aid would benefit 232,319 rubber smallholders and tappers as they would each receive RM600 which to be paid in two installments, namely in December 2021 and January 2022.

“Concerned with the plight of rubber smallholders who have been the backbone of the country’s rubber industry, the government has once again allocated a BMT for 2021,” he said at the Risda and Felcra 2021 dividend announcement at Risda headquarters here today.

Muhyiddin said the government had also given the BMT to all rubber smallholders and tappers last year involving an allocation of RM129.8 million, and another RM64 million as Special Covid-19 Aid.

Apart from that, he said the government, through the Ministry of Rural Development (KPLB) and Risda (Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority), had expanded the scopes of Rubber Replanting Aid in a bid to help increase the income of smallholders. — Bernama