Helping to ease burden

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 04 Apr 2020

Hasni (right) with exco members during the live Facebook broadcast from his office at Kota Iskandar.

JOHOR BARU: The Johor government has introduced 15 new incentives, including rental exemption and allocation for the purchase of medical equipment, primarily aimed at aiding those on frontlines of the battle against Covid-19, as well as the B40 community.

Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said the new incentives cost RM17.5mil and were part of the 32 economic stimulus package announced to help affected industries and sectors in the state with a total allocation of RM150mil.

For the B40 group, he said the state had agreed to a rental exemption for shops and houses for those living in PPR and government rented homes (RSK), a move that would benefit 2,989 people.

“The rental exemption will run from April until June and is available to tenants who have been staying in these houses before February this year, ” he said, adding the accumulated rental cost is around RM4.8mil.

Speaking via a Facebook Live feed from his office in Kota Iskandar, Hasni said the state government had also agreed to postpone payments under the rent-to-own scheme for six months for those who had bought affordable homes type-A (RM42,000).

“This is to help those who have lost their source of income during the movement control order, which started on March 18.

“Further to this, the government will expand the food bank initiative throughout the state to help the B40 group, especially the e-Kasih, zakat, asnaf, and Welfare Department recipients, ” he said, adding that the move involved a RM1.2mil allocation.

As for the frontliners, the government had agreed to channel RM500,000 for the purchase of medical necessities, to be managed by the state Health Department.

“A RM200,000 allocation will also be given to police and armed forces in the front lines for food supply during the MCO until April 14, and this will be managed by the district offices, ” he said, adding that local authorities should provide aid in terms of buying face masks for frontline workers and those in essential services.

There was also some good news for students in higher learning institutions (IPTA) in the state.

Loan payments for some 2,000 students in IPTA under the Johor Education Foundation have been postponed until June.

A one-off RM370,000 allocation will also be given to IPTAs to help students living in university hostels, with a further RM370,000 allocation to all Johor students’ associations throughout the country.

“Loan payments for students studying in Egypt and Jordan under the Johor Islamic Religious Council (MAIJ) will also be postponed starting April until June, involving 800 students in Egypt and 200 students in Jordan.

“MAIJ will also be helping religious schools affected with an RM300,000 allocation, ” he said, adding that a total sum of RM5.7mil had been given to MAIJ.

Businesses are not forgotten, with Hasni announcing that 11,737 micro SME entrepreneurs registered under the local councils will be given rental exemption until the end of this year.

“Rental lot payment for pasar malam, pasar pagi and pasar tani under all local authorities in the state will also be exempted starting April until October 2020.

“This will benefit 34,821 pasar malam and pasar pagi traders and 1,660 pasar tani traders at a cost of RM2.8mil, ” he said.

Hasni also said the state government had agreed to introduce the Johor Economic Taskforce (JET), which would coordinate all information integration and action plans in dealing with the uncertain economic situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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