MBJB: Incentives for traders until next year

JOHOR Baru City Council (MBJB) is extending help by waiving rental charges and providing subsidies until next year for traders affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Johor Baru mayor Datuk Mohd Noorazam Osman said it was unlikely that the pandemic would go away by next year although he expected the state to have progressed to Phase Three of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) by then.

“The incentives were implemented since the start of Covid-19 last year, benefitting 3,400 traders registered with us.”

Mohd Noorazam added that despite the waivers, traders and businesses were still required to pay cleaning fees to maintain cleanliness of their surrounding areas.

“Issuing compounds is not our priority as we understand many are impacted by the pandemic.”

Similarly, Noorazam said to date, MBJB has allocated RM1.92mil to its 24 councillors to provide food baskets to eligible recipients in their respective zones.

He said the city council had allocated RM70,000 to the councillors while RM10,000 was from the state government, and that some 20,000 people had benefitted from the aid.

“We area also looking at other kinds of assistance.”

Separately, Noorazam said the city council would work closely with the Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) to prevent flash floods caused by downpours.

Focus would be on flood-free areas that experienced flooding due to development, such as Taman Suria.

He said MBJB was responsible for maintaining and cleaning drains under its jurisdiction while rivers fell under DID’s purview, adding that rubbish needed to be removed from water bodies for better water flow.

“We also need to look into improving drainage in tandem with the vast development taking place within our jurisdiction,’’ he said.

Earlier, Mohd Noorazam presented food baskets to eligible recipients from Kampung Melayu Majidee/Taman Suria MBJB Zone in collaboration with Care United and Badan Kebajikan Islam Kampung Melayu at Dewan Kampung Melayu Majidee.

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