JOHOR BARU: Johor government has identified several initiatives to help the state and its people move forward from the impact of Covid-19 on the economy.
Johor investment, cooperatives, entrepreneurship development and human resource committee chairman Mohd Izhar Ahmad said it was the government’s responsibility to ensure help was given to those who needed it, regardless of race and religion.
He said when the movement control order (MCO) was initially imposed, among measures introduced to help the people were tax and rent exemptions to small traders.
He also said a blanket loan repayment moratorium for six months from April 1 under the Prihatin Rakyat Economic Stimulus Package was to help them too.
“Due to the pandemic, the state government has reassessed all its plans and will put the people’s needs above all else.
“In line with this, we will launch a reskilling and upskilling programme for locals most affected by Covid-19, ” he said, adding this would begin on Sept 1.
Mohd Izhar, who is also Larkin assemblyman, said this in his speech before launching a food truck business seminar at Dewan Hassan Abdullah in Tampoi here.
He said the seminar was part of the government’s aim to encourage more people to be involved in the services sector, like food truck business.
He pointed out that the number of registered food truck operators in Johor was still low.
“We hope more will venture into this sector.
“Among obstacles faced by those wanting to become a food truck operator are financial constraints.
“To help them, the government is in talks with several financial institutions to provide loans of between 90% and 100% to help them get started, ” he said.
Mohd Izhar said the government, through its local councils, would help food truck operators find suitable and strategic locations to operate in and succeed in their venture.
He said locals, in particular budding entrepreneurs, could find the latest information on government programmes and assistance from Modal Insan Johor‘s social media pages. -— By MOHD FARHAAN SHAH