The government says that its plan to encourage 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) recipients in the B40 group to use the financial aid to purchase a Proton Iriz and join ride-sharing services such as Uber is being finalised.

According to a report by The Sun published last week, the government is currently negotiating with Proton, Uber and Bank Simpanan Nasional (BSN) to finalise details for the scheme, which was announced by prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak during the tabling of Budget 2017 in October last year.

Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Dr Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah (pix) said discussions had already begun. “We are already negotiating. I’m not sure of the status yet, but it will be implemented by this year. Recipients will be able to utilise BR1M, and it will help those from the B40 group to achieve income that would put them in the M40 group,” he said.

Under the plan, those in the B40 group (those with a household income of up to RM3,855) will be able to make a downpayment for a vehicle using BR1M money, and a rebate of RM4,000 will be provided for the purchase of a Proton Iriz.