Helping hand for students, frontliners and the needy

Hasni presenting his maiden budget speech at the Johor state assembly.

JOHOR BARU: Johor civil servants will receive a special financial aid of half-month pay or minimum of RM1,000, with the payment to be disbursed by the end of the year.

The good news was announced by Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad, when tabling Johor Budget 2021 during the state assembly sitting.

“Johor civil servants are the backbone of the state government’s administration and we will provide special financial assistance for them.

“This assistance will also be extended to all religious class teachers, staff of community rehabilitation centres and Johor Islamic kindergarten teachers, ” he said.

He said on top of that, the state government would also improve the quality of civil services and administration through the Johor Civil Service Academy.

“This academy will help to improve their competency and capabilities.

“It will provide professional training programmes along with research programmes, ” said Hasni.

The state government also allocated a total of RM14mil to boost the tourism industry and assist in its recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic.

He said the Johor 2014-2023 Tourism Masterplan would be reviewed to ensure a well planned and organised direction for the tourism sector that was in line with the current trend.

In Johor Budget 2021, a one-off payment of RM500 will be given to 2,071 registered schoolbus operators. — FilepicIn Johor Budget 2021, a one-off payment of RM500 will be given to 2,071 registered schoolbus operators. — Filepic

“The state government will also set up the Johor Tourism Interchange with an allocation of RM500,000 to transform digital tourism.

“Tourism vouchers worth of RM1.5mil will also be given to boost selected segments of the hotel as well as the retail and shopping sectors, ” he said.

Hasni added that an allocation of RM5mil would be given for the development and upgrading works of tourism infrastructure in the state.

“The infrastructure includes basic tourism needs in districts across Johor, homestay and national parks, ” he said.

Apart from these, Hasni said a one-off assistance would also be provided to various groups affected by the pandemic.

This includes a one-off payment of RM300 for two months for 26,626 recipients in the Social Welfare Department’s e-kasih list, involving an allocation of RM15.98mil.

A one-off payment of RM500 would be paid to 47,159 tenants of business premises, all market traders including night market and farmers’ market traders registered with local government authorities in the state, involving an allocation of RM23.58mil.

The state government, he said, would also allocate RM5.2mil for one-off payment of RM150 to 35,000 university students from B40 families.

Besides this, Hasni said a one-off payment of RM500 would be given to 2,071 registered school-bus operators, while 20,000 drivers and riders of e-hailing companies registered in Johor would receive RM100 each.

Primary and secondary school students from families with household income of between RM3,000 and RM7,000 a month would receive a one-off payment of RM100, he added.

This involved an allocation of RM18.94mil and benefits 189,389 students.

In appreciation of the sacrifices of the 30,000 frontliners in Johor, he said the state government was giving them a one-off payment of RM200 each.

Hasni said the state government was also allocating RM11mil for Food Bank Aid for the urban poor in Johor.

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