TRADERS and hawkers in Penang will be exempted from paying their rentals and permit fees until end of the year to help them tide over the difficult times.
State local government, housing, town and country planning committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said the move, which was given the green light by the state exco, would involve RM5.12mil in costs to the state.
“The 11,200 traders and hawkers in the state will be given the waiver on their rentals and permits until December this year.
“This is one of the measures taken by the state government to continue assisting these traders and hawkers who are facing very challenging times during this pandemic.
“If the traders and hawkers are not around, how are we going to get our food or cook our food?
“It is difficult for them to operate, yet they are doing so and this is why the state decided to find a way to assist them,” he said, adding that although safety is of priority, the state also has to look into helping those who are economically affected.
Jagdeep was speaking during a press conference after visiting the Tanjung Bungah Market yesterday.
Also present was Penang Island City Council (MBPP) secretary Datuk Addnan Mohd Razali.
On another issue, Jagdeep urged the Federal Government to review its decision on the revised terms and requirements of Malaysia My Second Home (MM2H) programme effective October.
He said the government should appreciate the thousands who have adopted the MM2H programme as they have contributed economically.
“Instead of that, with the revised conditions, we are now driving them away.
“It is baffling why the Federal Government is not looking into reviewing its decision.
“They should be encouraging more MM2H participants to come in and for those who are already here, to continue staying here under the programme.
“It will be good to know the logic behind the government’s decision to revise the terms and conditions of MM2H so that people will have a better understanding,” he added.