Pahang’s initiatives to tide the people over during MCO

KUANTAN: The state government will continue with its eight initiatives to assist the people of Pahang and complement the Federal Government’s Prihatin Rakyat economic stimulus package.

Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail said the package was inclusive and covered all regardless of race, age or occupation affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“With its RM250bil allocation, RM128bil alone is to protect the welfare of the people, which I believe will also include the people of Pahang who are equally affected by Covid-19 and the movement control order introduced to curb it.

“Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said ‘No one will be left behind’ and the state government has full confidence in those words and aid from Prihatin, ” he said.

Wan Rosdy said nevertheless, Pahang government’s initiatives totalling more than RM14mil would still be implemented alongside Prihatin.

“Hopefully with this aid, the people, especially those in Pahang, will continue to abide by the directives to ‘stay at home’ and help fight the pandemic, ” he said.

The initiatives include a one-off cash assistance of RM150 and food items like rice, flour, sugar and others worth RM50 to some 17,935 recipients who are directly affected and have lost their source of income due to the MCO; an allocation totalling RM252,000 to the 42 assemblymen in Pahang to help their constituents affected by the spread of Covid-19; a 50% deduction in rent for low-cost housing scheme and affordable housing scheme tenants throughout the state for April, a 50% deduction in April payments for stall rental and other facilities as well as permits for farmers’ market, morning market, night market and car boot sale; a RM765,800 allocation to cover the cost of providing food for personnel working in operations room during the MCO; and postponement of rental payment for Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Pahang businesses from April to June, while daily part-time employees at the state secretary’s administration will receive full allowance during the MCO.

As for the Prihatin stimulus package, it will see police, armed forces, immigration, customs, civil defence and Rela personnel being given a monthly allowance of RM200 starting April 1.

For students in institutions of higher learning, a one-off payment of RM200 will be paid to them in May.

For small and medium enterprises, an additional fund of RM4.5bil for five initiatives will be given.

Company owners facing cash-flow problems can opt to defer, restructure or reschedule employers contribution to the Employees Provident Fund.

The Prime Minister has also given his assurance that projects allocated in Budget 2020, including the East Coast Rail Link, MRT2 and the National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan will go on as planned, in line with the Government’s focus to ensure sustainable economic development.

“The Prihatin economic package is a manifestation of the Government’s commitment towards the welfare and well-being of the rakyat, ” he was quoted as saying.

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