Pahang extends a helping hand


  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 25 Mar 2020

Wan Rosdy expressed the state government's gratitude to those at the frontlines, like medical, police and army personnel, who were doing all they could to contain the pandemic. - Filepic

KUANTAN: Pahang government has announced special financial aid totalling RM14.99mil to reduce the burden on people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in the state.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said a one-off cash assistance of RM150 and food items such as rice, flour, sugar and others worth RM50 would be given to some 17,935 recipients who were directly affected and had lost their source of income due to the movement control order (MCO).

“The distribution process will be handled by the district officers and local authorities in each district.

“Keep in mind that those who will receive this aid must continue abiding by the MCO.

“There is no need to go to any government offices for the aid. Stay at home and the aid will be distributed directly to the homes of those eligible,” he said in a statement.

Wan Rosdy added that an allocation totalling RM252,000 would be provided to the 42 assemblymen in Pahang to directly help their constituents affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

A 50% deduction in rent for low-cost housing scheme (PAKR) and affordable housing scheme (RRM) tenants throughout the state will also be given for the month of April.

“This initiative will benefit 2,453 tenants and involves a financial cost of RM150,000 to the state government.

“As a show of support and sympathy by the state government and local authorities for hawkers and petty traders, the government has agreed to grant a 50% deduction in payments for stall rental and other facilities, farmers’ market, morning market, night market and car boot sale permits for the month of April.

“This initiative will benefit 6,238 petty traders and hawkers involving RM1.293mil,” said Wan Rosdy.

He also announced that the state Welfare Department would expedite payment for all types of financial aid under the department and hoped to pay out on March 27.

Those include children’s assistance, disabled employee’s allowance, bedridden, disabled or patient care provider’s aid, unemployable disability aid, elderly assistance, foster children assistance and apprenticeship assistance benefitting some 26,806 recipients and involving an allocation of RM8.95mil.

“In appreciation of the service and sacrifice of operations room personnel and members of security forces involved in the MCO enforcement in the state, the Pahang government has agreed to approve a RM765,800 allocation to cover the cost of providing food to the personnel involved,” said Wan Rosdy.

In addition, he said the state Islamic Religious and Malay Customs Council (MUIP) would give special allocations for the destitute.

“As I announced last week about the setting up of the Pahang Covid-19 fund, the state government welcomes donations from all, including state government-related companies, private companies and anyone who wishes to contribute,” he said.

Donations can be made by bank transfer or ATM to Perbendaharaan Negeri Pahang Bank Muamalat account number 06010002165711 under the subject TABUNGCOVID19PAHANG.

Contributions can also be made via the PahangGo digital application.

Wan Rosdy expressed the state government’s gratitude to all who were involved in curbing the spread of Covid-19 in Pahang.

“They are the true heroes who are willing to sacrifice at the frontlines, day and night without giving in to fatigue. Let us pray that they be given the strength and patience in facing this challenging task.

“To the people of Pahang, I call on all of you to continue abiding by the MCO. Just stay at home because we want to break the virus chain.

“If we can do it, there will be no new cases and we can focus on treating the existing patients.

“May all the hard work of dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic be successful,” he said.

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