JOHOR assemblymen are happy with the state government’s allocation of RM50,000 each to help people affected by the prolonged Covid-19 pandemic.
Tenggaroh assemblyman K. Raven Kumar said the allocation had come at the right time as it could be used to help those who might have lost their income due to the lockdown, especially daily wage earners.
“I will focus on providing assistance, both in cash and essential items, based on the people’s needs, ” he added.
Raven Kumar also said that he would work with community leaders and village chiefs as well as district officers so that the aid could be delivered while adhering to movement restrictions.
Perling assemblyman Cheow Yee How said the allocation would also go towards sanitisation efforts.
“We have been conducting sanitisation exercises based on requests from schools, public areas, shops and houses of people who have just recovered from Covid-19, ” he explained.
Pemanis assemblymam Dr Chong Fat Full, who is also state unity, trade and consumer affairs committee chairman, said the allocation would be used to strengthen efforts to get the public to register for vaccination.
“We will maximise efforts as much as possible as it is important to get Johoreans vaccinated.
“The allocation will also be used to provide any form of assistance needed by the people.
“We have been receiving many calls from the public seeking assistance, and the RM50,000 will allow us to help more folk, ” he added.
Meanwhile, Panti assemblyman Hahasrin Hashim thanked Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad for the initiative.
“My focus will be on providing aid, be it in the form of cash or basic necessities, as that is the most urgent kind of assistance that people need, ” he said.
Larkin assemblyman Datuk Mohammad Izhar Ahmad, who is also state investment, cooperatives, entrepreneurship development and human resource committee chairman, plans to go down to the ground and look into helping those in desperate need of help.
“Instead of getting a name list from district officers or community leaders, we will go down to the ground and find those who really need assistance.
“We cannot help everyone with the allocation, so it is important to identify those in dire situations, ” he added.
Kota Iskandar assemblyman Dzulkefly Ahmad welcomed the allocation but said it was not enough to help everyone as there were 59,000 voters in his constituency.
“We will use the allocation to provide relief but we hope that the state government will consider approving more funds, ” he added.