JOHOR BARU: The state government will continue to give out financial aid under Bantuan Ihsan Johor (BIJ) programme as well as food baskets to poor families living in both rural and urban areas.
Johor women, family and community development committee chairman Zaiton Ismail said BIJ was introduced to help those affected by the movement control order (MCO) with priority given to those not receiving any government aid.
“The financial assistance under BIJ is between RM250 and RM500, depending on the size of the family.
“The aid will also include food supply such as rice, cooking oil, sugar, canned food and others, ” she said when contacted here.
She added that the state government had given out aid to more than 10,000 recipients since the MCO started in March, not including the 48,000 who received monthly financial aid from the Social Welfare Department (JKM).
“I believe that people need the government’s help now more than ever. Although we will not be able to help all financially, the least we can do now is provide the needy with essential food items to get by, ” she said.
Zaiton, who is Sungai Balang assemblyman, said about 500 people who have not received aid from the government have been identified in her area.
“The aid will be given to them soon.
“If not cash aid, we will give them food supplies.”
She said about 200 fishermen in Sungai Balang have been given life jackets to keep them safe while out at sea during the monsoon season.
“The monsoon season is upon us and these fishermen play an important role in meeting demand for seafood in Johor.
“We must take care of their welfare, ” Zaiton said, adding that the state government also gave out aid through e-Kasih and Johor Education Foundation initiatives.
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