Second tranche of RM8.41mil in aid for 19 groups

PENANG government will render assistance to 19 new targeted groups involving Penangites and various sectors affected by the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said a total of RM8.41mil was set aside this time for the 19 groups as one-off assistance, dubbed as Penang Financial Package 3.1.

“Last month we detailed our first five targeted groups to receive the Penang Financial Package 3.0 amounting to RM10mil from the allocated RM20mil.

“Following an exco meeting on Feb 17, the state government decided to give another portion from the total aid to another 19 groups and institutions that are most affected during the pandemic, ” he said.

The state will distribute RM5,000 each for 104 centres for children, senior citizens, people with disability and women protection (totalling RM520,000).

Recipients of RM1,000 aid and the total allocations are:

•1,000 small and medium trade enterprises registered with Penang Small and Medium Enterprises Association (RM1mil)

•600 suraus registered under JHEAIPP (RM600,000)

•539 registered non-Islamic

houses of worship (RM539,000)

•83 registered temples (RM83,000)

•60 tourism operators (RM60,000)

Recipients of RM500 are:

•1,367 registered tourist guides (RM683,500)

•935 Sekolah Agama Rakyat

religious teachers (RM467,500)

•500 canteen and cafeteria operators at public and private universities, colleges and training institutes (RM250,000)

•351 tourist buses and vans,

rented cars and limousine drivers (RM175,500)

•194 sports and fitness activities entrepreneurs (RM97,000)

•63 mobile spa entrepreneurs (RM31,500)

•55 registered religious teachers with teaching certificates under Penang Religious Affairs Department (RM27,500)

•23 watercraft operators (RM11,500)

•9 recreational horse operators (RM4,500)

Cash aid of RM320 will be distributed to 900 new and existing micro entrepreneurs under Penang Halal International (RM288,000).

Livestock feed incentives totalling RM574,424 will be given to 1,088 traditional livestock breeders under supervision of Veterinary Services Department.

Chow said RM1mil was set aside for the smart partnership programme benefiting some 15,000 providers of marketplace digital commerce platform.

He added that the Penang Financial Package 3.1 involved a total of RM8,412,924mil with total recipients of 22,871.

“A total RM2mil is allocated for the state Covid-19 Immunisation Programme in terms of health equipment assistance and preparation, ” Chow added.

In another development, Chow said the Penang Housing Board, which was recently established on Jan 1, was meant to drive development, preserve supply of housing (especially affordable housing) and to work on urban rejuvenation in the state.

He urged the Federal Government to expedite the state’s application for allocations under the Housing Maintenance Programme (RM21,110,000) and the Malaysia Home Maintenance Fund (RM65,830,100) this year.

He hoped more People’s Housing Project (PPR) units would be built in the state to cater for low-income earners.

“Currently, a total of 113,960 affordable housing units have been identified and are in various stages of implementation, ” he said.

However, only 999 units are now available at four PPR locations across the state.

“The number of PPR units in the state is equivalent to only 0.87% from the total PPR units provided by the Federal Government throughout the country, which comes to a total of 114,652 units, ” he said.

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