Ministry providing aid to the needy in Federal Territories

KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Territories Ministry and the agencies will providing aid to the needy in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan in the form of cash, coupons and food packs to help ease their burden for the next three months.

Additionally, those renting government housing will have their one month's rental fee waived and the next two months deferred while those renting government shops are also exempted from paying rent from March to May.

Aside from this, traders and hawkers operating food trucks or stalls at bazaars and pasar malam who are unable to do business due to the movement control order (MCO) will receive cash contributions.

Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa (pic) said added that RM65mil would be channelled to various agencies to help vulnerable city residents in all three federal territories.

"These are the proactive and immediate measures we are taking to help frontliners from government agencies, traders operating government shops and stalls, roadside hawkers and the homeless to help them during these very challenging times," he said.

Annuar added that the initiative – which is being called Wilayah Cakna – was created to manage and minimise the impact of Covid-19 and the extension of the MCO on vulnerable city folk.

"RM54mil will go towards the residents from the B40 group who are also hawkers and roadside traders," said Annuar during a press conference that was streamed live on his ministry's Facebook page on Wednesday (March 25) at 2pm.

He added that the money would also go towards three clusters of people – Cluster One being front-liners doing enforcement and medical work in agencies like DBKL and hospitals while Cluster Two is made up of patients under investigation as well as victims of Covid-19.

"The numbers are high, and we still have to figure out the mechanism to do this, '' he said.

He added that Cluster Three is made up of 40,000 People's Housing Projects (PPR) tenants and civil servants' housing (PA) whose rental fees would be waived for one month and deferred for the next two months.

Annuar also said that under a special Zakat scheme, a total of 24,196 families would receive a one-off payment of RM500 each totalling RM12.1mil, and RM500 one-off payments will be given to petty traders and hawkers amounting to RM11.8mil.

There are some 17,000 petty traders in all three Federal Territories.

He added that special cash allowances would also be given to those working on the front lines of government agencies.

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