Extra RM76mil state aid includes assessment rebate


  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 07 May 2020

THE Penang government has announced a RM76mil ‘Penang People’s Package Aid 2.0’ in addition to the RM75mil package announced earlier.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said this brought the total amount to RM151mil, which would directly help the people of Penang.

“The new package is to help the affected groups, the market and the targeted industries,” he said in his daily live press conference via Facebook yesterday.

A large chunk of the amount - RM47.3mil - will come in the form of this year’s assessment rebate, benefitting some 600,000 property owners registered under Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and Seberang Prai City Council (MBSP).

Another RM4.38mil will also be given to registered hawkers operating at hawker complexes, coffee shops or shoplots and registered stall operators.

Each of them will receive RM500 one-off cash payment.

A total of 5,814 offshore fishermen, river fishermen and traditional breeders are also considered for the aid this round, with each of them getting RM400 as one-off payment. The total payment is RM2.32mil.

Not to be left out are the operators of daycare centres, kindergartens and nurseries in the state.

A one-off cash aid of RM500 each will be given to 118 daycare centres, 62 nurseries and 465 kindergartens, totalling RM322,500.

Chow also said that the MBPP and MBSP would announce the allowed operation time for various types of businesses during the normalisation phase of the conditional movement restriction order (MCO) starting tomorrow.

He said it would also include the administration and maintenance of schools and religious associations and places of worship.

“The normalisation phase is to familiarise the people with the social distancing and the types of sports activities, daycare centres, public transport, no dine-in policy and to stop group events.

“We need to prevent crowding during this familiarisation period, and the strategy is to create a risk-based analysis.

“If we fail during this phase, the risk of seeing the spreading of the virus is high,” said Chow.

“The state government is aware that opening up the business sector does not mean the economy will improve immediately.

“More than 2,000 workers were retrenched in two factories in Penang and the state is in the midst of helping them to get job placement.”

Chow said according to the state think tank Penang Institute, a total of 17 out of 46 business enterprises recorded zero income during the MCO period and would need special attention.

“We are facing a situation where consumers are not spending, the market is dull, employment and income are affected, investors are cautious as the pandemic has created a rupture in the supply chain where goods and services could not be produced fast.

“We have strategised well in our fight against Covid 19.

“The state will continue to monitor the impact of the outbreak that affects the people and the economy,” he said.

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