Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor is eligible to receive RM800 financial aid under the Bantuan Prihatin Nasional (BPN) programme, according to checks on the Internal Revenue Board's (LHDN) website
The matter was brought to public attention after Malaysian netizens used Rosmah's identification card number, which they obtained from public court documents, to verify her eligibility to receive the cash payout.
Malaysiakini's reporters also confirmed that Rosmah was indeed "approved" to receive the financial aid. However, the same cannot be said for her husband, former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
Screenshots of Rosmah being "approved" by LHDN to receive the cash payout was widely circulated on social media yesterday, 6 April, leaving many Malaysians baffled
Several netizens shared Rosmah's and Najib's IC numbers in the comments section to verify it for themselves on the LHDN website.
As of today, 7 April, the LHDN website no longer shows the former first lady as eligible for the cash payout.
Under the BPN programme, only single Malaysians who earn less than RM2,000 a month are eligible to receive the RM800 payout.
However, Rosmah is married to Najib - the Member of Parliament for Pekan - whose salary is believed to be around RM16,000 a month. Any households that make more than RM8,000 are not eligible for the BPN cash payout.
Following the public commotion, Najib took to Facebook last night to claim that the screenshots are made by professional photo and video editors
"There is a post being circulated by social media writers from the Pakatan Harapan coalition, saying that my wife has been approved to receive the RM800 financial aid," Najib said in a Facebook post.
"As announced by Putrajaya, the government will automatically credit the financial aid to eligible individuals without the need to apply based on LHDN's data.
"However, my wife said she did not apply for the financial aid nor receive a text message that says she was eligible for the RM800."
Najib said if the RM800 really came through, he would donate the money to the government. He also took a jab at the Pakatan Harapan coalition, saying in jest that the opposition accused him of stealing RM2.6 billion from the rakyat to now RM800.
The couple is currently on trial for multiple counts of corruption, money laundering, and abuse of power.
Do not worry if you cannot access the BPN website as the government has admitted that they are currently receiving high traffic: