Timely relief for B40 group

Annuar at the launch of Wilayah Cakna 3.0 programme in Putrajaya.

A SUM of RM39.75mil has been allocated by the Federal Territories Ministry to help the B40 group amid the conditional movement control order (MCO) that is currently enforced in Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Putrajaya.

The allocation, which will be channelled via various agencies under the ministry, will cover housing, premises rental, licence fees and food aid.

Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said the initiative, called Wilayah Cakna 3.0, was aimed at easing the burden of those who had been badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Among those to benefit are some 40,000 residents of People’s Housing Projects (PPR) and Public Housing (PA).

“They will be exempted from the monthly rental for three months from October until December, which will cost about RM14.4mil, ” said Annuar.

He said Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) would also waive the business premises rental and licence fee for the same period.

“A total of 5,830 small traders and hawkers licensed under DBKL will qualify for this initiative that will cost RM2.5mil.

“Those who need to renew their licence in November will enjoy a waiver too, and this will involve 1,339 accounts, ” he said, adding that this would cost RM300,000.

Putrajaya Corporation (PjC) had agreed to extend a similar courtesy to traders and hawkers in the administrative capital, Annuar further announced.

“The rental waiver from October to December at premises owned by PjC will benefit some 300 traders and hawkers, and this will cost RM1.87mil.

“Those who are renewing their licences in November are eligible to the waiver, for which PjC has allocated RM50,000, ” he disclosed.

He said PjC would also give out food vouchers worth RM100 to B40 families, in addition to one-off RM100 vouchers to buy school supplies.

He explained the vouchers could be redeemed at the cooperative store in their respective schools.

“About 350 children who attended kindergartens managed by PjC were also exempted from paying their fees this month, ” said Annuar.

He said the ministry had set aside RM2.5mil for disinfection exercises at schools.

The minister said another RM12.7mil was spent on supplying emergency food aid to university students via the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council.

He said the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department had spent RM1.4mil to aid the needy so far.

The amount was disbursed via local mosques and surau in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan.

Annuar also said that 17 representatives of the Federal Territories Residents Representative Council in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya and 570 residents associations would receive RM3,000 and RM2,000 respectively for conducting community programmes aimed at breaking the Covid-19 infection chains.

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