Operators get exemption

Schools nationwide have been ordered to stay closed until March 31. This has affected the earnings of canteen operators. — Filepic

MELAKA: Melaka government will exempt school canteen operators from paying rent for March and April, to help reduce their burden during the movement control order (MCO) period.

Chief Minister Datuk Sulaiman Md Ali said the rent exemption had been requested through the State Education Department and it would be arranged by Datuk Noor Effandi Ahmad, the state education, higher education, technical and vocational, science and innovation committee chairman.

“We have received complaints from canteen operator representatives about their income being affected by school closures following MCO which was implemented to curb the spread of Covid-19, so we have agreed to give them a rent waiver.

“We hope this concession will help reduce the burden on school canteen operators in Melaka, ” he told a media conference after a state government meeting in Seri Negeri complex.

According to Sulaiman, the state government was also considering incentive or assistance for hawkers and petty traders as well as early salary payment for state civil servants.However, this, he said, would depend on the current financial position of the state government.

Meanwhile, Sulaiman said all 10 Melaka state executive council members (exco) would undergo health screening to ensure that they were free of Covid-19.

He said the screening was important as the excos were the government’s backbone to ensure smooth management and administration of the state.

“The Covid-19 screening will be done in Seri Negeri as soon as possible by the state health department, ” he said.

In another development, he said Melaka residents were asked to be patient with the water supply rationing and comply with the MCO as announced by Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Sulaiman said the state government was still trying to restore the water supply to normal as soon as possible.

He explained that the current water level at the Durian Tunggal Dam was at 14.6% or about 4,520 million litres of water, while Jus Dam had only 22.6% or 987 million litres and the water level in Asahan Dam was 63.9% or 445 million litres. — Bernama

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