States roll out aid to ease impact of Covid-19

KLANG: Some 6,000 healthcare workers on duty battling Covid-19 in the nine public hospitals in Selangor will receive a one-off incentive of RM200 each.

This was one of the provisions in the economic stimulus package launched by the Selangor state government.

When announcing the RM127.78mil Pakej Selangor Prihatin (Selangor caring package) yesterday, Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari said the one-off payment was in recognition and to show appreciation for the 6,000 medical personnel in the government hospitals in Selangor.

The incentive will cost the state RM1.2mil.

Various other provisions were also announced to help ease the impact of the Covid-19 aftermath in Selangor.

This included rental exemption to be given to some 80,000 licensed vendors to help them tide over the loss of business.

This incentive will chalk-up an allocation of RM12mil.

Another allocation of RM40mil will go towards a one-off payment of RM500 to the vendors for them to realign their cash flow.

“The application for the allocation will start beginning April 1-30.

“The distribution of the special allocation will be implemented after the controlled movement order (MCO) ends,’’ said Amirudin.

Other incentives include a three-month reprieve for borrowers of the state’s microcredit Hijrah Selangor scheme from having to service their loans.

The allocation to go towards lessening the burden of the 40,000 borrowers is RM70mil.

Another RM2.3mil has been allocated to help the students from the 2,500 Selangor studying in Sabah and Sarawak, as well as those studying in state-owned and operated institutions of learning.

Finally, extension is given for payment of quit rent from May 31 to June 31 without any extra cost.

Amirudin said the cost of the RM127.78mil stimulus package is being borne by the state treasury as well as from the corporate social responsibility contributions from Selangor’s government-owned companies.

In Johor Baru, Mentri Besar Datuk Hasni Mohammad said as a step towards ensuring the rakyat’s welfare, the state government will give a one-off aid of RM1,000 to those who tested positive for Covid-19.

As of Friday, the number of positive Covid-19 cases in the state has spiked to 101.

“Besides that, the state government also agreed to give another one-off allocation of RM20,000 to all 56 assemblymen,” he said in a live Facebook video here yesterday.

Hasni, also the Benut assemblyman, added that as a sign of condolence, the state government would also be handing out RM2,000 to family members or relatives of those who died from Covid-19.

“Besides the people’s welfare, the state government will also be focusing in terms on the economy and sectors affected by the outbreak.

“The state government will give rent exemption to some 10,371 traders renting at premises owned by local councils including at public markets starting from April until December this year,” he said.

Hasni also added that for some 151 small and medium entrepreneurs operating at premises owned by the state government, they would also be given the necessary help.

He said for state government staff, which have part-time working status, their daily salaries would be counted throughout the MCO.

In Kota Baru, the Kelantan state government will allocate RM5mil as a special allocation to help those affected by Covid-19, said Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yaakob.

He said the allocation would be for the underprivileged to hold out through the MCO.

The details would be announced later, he said.

“State civil servants with the contract and part-time status and permanent state civil servants will be paid as usual,” said Ahmad in a press statement.

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