Covid-19: Perak sets aside RM7mil in special aid for targeted groups

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  • Wednesday, 18 Mar 2020

IPOH: The Perak government has come up with additional special aid for several targeted groups in view of the Covid-19 outbreak, says Datuk Seri Ahmad Faizal Azumu.

The Perak Mentri Besar said a total of RM160,000 would be provided to the state Health Department to purchase any additional required equipment.

Besides that, Faizal said the state government would bear half the cost of food stall and food court rentals under all local authorities in Perak for two months, amounting to RM770,000.

"Lunch and dinner will also be provided to 1,500 frontliners, amounting to RM420,000, for those involved in handling the outbreak cases for the two weeks of the movement control order.

"They include doctors, nurses, and any other staff involved," he said in a statement Wednesday (March 18).

On Tuesday (March 17), Faizal announced that a one-off payment to hawkers and small traders through the local authorities would be provided, without giving the figures.

However, in the latest statement, Faizal said 4,000 hawkers and traders registered with the local councils would receive a one-off payment of RM500.

"All in, the state government will be allocating about RM7mil for the special aid announced," he added.

Faizal had also announced on Tuesday that the state government would also absorb the cost of several loans for three months (March to May).

The loans include the Yayasan Perak Microcredit and Entrepreneur Funds, Rumah Harapan, Perak Education Loans, and Public Housing Hire Purchase payment.

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