The Bonus Rakyat Pulau Pinang (BR1PP) Hoax Debunked!

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A PSA on the Bonus Rakyat Pulau Pinang (BR1PP) has gone viral on social media. It claims that every Penang resident within a certain age range is entitled to a gratuity of RM 750.

You may have read it, and even shared it in other WhatsApp and Facebook groups. After all, you are always the helpful sort, aren’t you? 😀

The Bonus Rakyat Pulau Pinang (BR1PP) Hoax Debunked!


The Bonus Rakyat Pulau Pinang (BR1PP)

This is an example of the PSA on the BR1PP (Bonus Rakyat Pulau Pinang) going around on WhatsApp :

Pls pass on to friends who were born in Pulau Pinang , fm age 16-65 only. Let them benefit.


RM750 utk semua rakyat negeri Pulau Pinang SAHAJA berumur 16 hingga 55 tahun, I/C Penang (07)…

sila rujuk link dibawah untuk permohonan. Siapa yg belum mohon sila isi borang. Permohonan dibuka hingga 29 APRIL 2017

#sila share….pakat isi cepatt? ? ?

buleh rasa duit kerajaan negeri pulak… tahniah org Penang. Khas untuk org Penang!

Here is the English translation (with proper grammar and typo correction) :

Please pass this on to your friend who were born in Penang, and are between 16 and 55 years in age, so they can benefit.


RM 750 for all Penang residents between 16 and 55 years of age. Penang identification cards (with the 07 state number) required.

Please refer to the following link to apply. Those who have not applied, will need to fill in the form. The application is open until 29 April 2017/

#Please Share …. Help each other to fill the application quickly ? ? ?

Now you can enjoy the state government money too. Congratulatoins to the people of Penang. This is exclusively for them!


BR1PP Is A Hoax

First of all, there is no such thing as BR1PP or the Bonus Rakyat Pulau Pinang. It is merely a hoax that is either designed to troll the Penang state government, or the federal government’s BR1M or Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (1Malaysia People’s Aid) scheme.


How Do You Know BR1PP Is A Hoax?

Well, aside from the fact that you won’t be able to find any reference to BR1PP in the mainstream media, or even the official Penang state government website, here are some other clues.

The second you see that the link does not originate from the official Penang state government domain of, you should immediately rule it out as a hoax.

All official programs that the Penang state government runs will originate from their official domain. There is no need to use an odd third-party domain like, which probably stands for cheeseburger.

In fact, if you go to domain, you will see that it uses a cheeseburger icon. Yummy… The domain itself is only set-up to show the word OK. The maxW500 subdomain in the link doesn’t even have a page set-up.

Applying For The Bonus Rakyat Pulau Pinang (BR1PP)? Read This First!

But the proverbial clincher is what you see when you actually load the link This is what you will see :

Applying For The Bonus Rakyat Pulau Pinang (BR1PP)? Read This First!

Yes, that’s a Meat Loaf meme screaming at you that you have been fooled. 😀


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