State aid to be given out soon


  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 01 Apr 2020

Jagdeep (holding mic) speaking after meeting a team of Penang Island City Council workers. With him are (foreground from right) Rozali, MBPP mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang and MBPP secretary Datuk Addnan Mohd Razali.

ABOUT 5,000 hawkers and petty traders in Penang need to contact the local councils and provide their banking details to receive their RM500 aid.

State local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said out of the 14,012 registered ones, both the city councils have the banking details of most of them and he urged the remaining to contact the relevant city councils.

“We don’t wish to delay it. We know many people are suffering so we want to disburse aid to them as soon as possible, ” said Jagdeep yesterday.

Registered hawkers and petty traders on the island can send a Whatsapp message to 016-200 4082 and provide Penang Island City Council (MBPP) with your full name, MyKad number, hawker licence number, telephone, bank’s name and account number.

Those on the mainland need only go to www.mbsp.gov.my and click on the ‘Portal Bantuan Tunai Penjaja Berlesen’ link, then fill in the required details.

Petty traders and hawkers in Penang will receive RM6.6mil, which is part of the RM75mil announced by Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow earlier.

Licensed tourist guides are also getting RM500, as will all those who at present receive monthly aid from the Social Welfare Department.

The present annual aid of RM300 for taxi drivers will be given with a one-off additional payment of RM200, and one-off payment of RM300 to e-hailing drivers.

Covid-19 patients in Penang will receive RM500, while families of those who died from the disease will receive RM1,000.

Jagdeep also said the RM300 one-off aid to frontliners will be disbursed beginning today.

“The state is grateful that our workers are willing to be exposed outside as they fulfil their duties. We do provide them with masks, gloves and hand sanitisers. And they shower thoroughly before going home, ” he said after meeting a group of them yesterday morning in front of City Hall.

Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP) mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud said out of over 30,000 commercial and industrial premises checked on the mainland, 375 commercial premises and seven factories were found to be in violation of the movement control order.

MBSP also had made 40 seizures involving roadside stalls and eateries.

As for waste management, Rozali said the domestic waste volume had dropped by 9.7% while industrial waste, by 28.8%.

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