SEREMBAN: Negri Sembilan will provide cash aid amounting to almost RM14mil to those affected by Covid-19, covering vocations ranging from hawkers to healthcare workers and even those who tested positive for the disease.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Aminuddin Harun said petty traders and hawkers registered with the state local councils will be eligible for RM300 cash aid, as well as e-hailing and taxi drivers registered with the Land Public Transport Agency.
"A sum of RM3mil has been set aside for petty traders and hawkers, and another RM1mil for e-hailing and taxi drivers," he said in a statement after chairing the state exco meeting at Wisma Negri here on Thursday (March 26).
Aminuddin said his administration had also agreed to waive the RM124 monthly rent for all People's Housing Project (PPR) flats for the months of March and April.
"An additional RM1mil has also been allocated for the healthcare of frontliners in the state involved in efforts to contain the spread and handle Covid-19 cases," he said.
Aminuddin said the families of those who tested positive for Covid-19 would be given RM500 each, with RM500,000 has been set aside for this purpose.
"We have also agreed to set aside RM2mil for contingencies in our fight against Covid-19," he said.
Aminuddin said his administration has also set aside an additional RM5mil for a special trust fund or “Akaun Amanah Permasalahan Rakyat”.
"The money will be used to provide basic assistance to those in the lower-income category and daily wage earners whose income have been affected due to the outbreak," he said.
Aminuddin said the total amount involved in these initiatives amounted to RM13.7mil.
On March 18, Aminuddin said his administration had set aside RM3mil to assist individuals from the lower-income category affected by the pandemic.
He said the allocation would be used to buy household essentials which would then he distributed to affected individuals.
Aminuddin also said his administration had decided to extend the deadline to pay quit rent by two months.
Property owners now have till July 31 to pay their quit rent instead of May 31.
Without explaining further, Aminuddin also said his administration would also provide two “premises” in every district for medical personnel involved in efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19.
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