RM20mil state aid for Penangites

A TOTAL of RM20mil financial aid has been set aside by the Penang government to help Penangites and business operators who are affected by the movement control order (MCO) 2.0.

Some RM10mil from the ‘Financial Package 3.0’ will be distributed to the first five targeted groups as a one-off cash assistance.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the cash aid was to help them cushion the impact of the latest round of MCO which would end on Feb 4.

“We have identified this group and will be distributing the RM10mil to them soon, ” he said in a statement.

Among the recipients are licensed hawkers comprising a total of 14,712 hawkers who will receive RM500 each, bringing the total allocation to RM7.356mil.

Chow said these hawkers included all licensed traders and hawkers, those who operate in private shoplots or malls, traders and hawkers registered with the local councils as well as market traders.

A total of 288 trishaw riders are included in the second group. Each will get RM200, resulting in a total allocation of RM57,600.

The third group is the registered school canteen operators, totalling 462 with each getting RM500 each. The total disbursement is RM231,000.

Next on the list are 2,929 licensed hairdressers, hair salons, beauty salons, spas and reflexology centres. Each will get RM500 with the total allocation at RM1.464mil.

A total of 59 state assemblymen, MPs, state and parliamentary constituency coordinators are in the final group.

Each will be given RM30,000 to help assist their constituents during the MCO. The total allocation for this group is RM1.77mil.

Since the pandemic started early last year, the state government has allocated a total of RM171mil with RM151mil being distributed under its special Financial Package 1 and 2.0.

Meanwhile, state local government committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the two local councils had set up a Hawker Cash Aid 3.0 Portal to collect details of those who qualified for the aid.

“All the traders and hawkers will have to verify their businesses, personal details and bank account information, ” he said in a press conference yesterday.

Those who wish to apply can do so from Monday through the portals. Application will close on April 26.

The third phase of the financial aid will be distributed from Friday, Jan 29.

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